Neuropathy

Melrose Park Immediate Care

Internists & Rheumatology located in Melrose Park, IL

Pain due to nerve damage, or neuropathy, can be severe and affect your mobility, ability to work, and quality of life. Gowhar Khan, MD, and the team at Melrose Park Immediate Care offer expert treatment and support for those suffering from neuropathy in the Melrose Park, Illinois, area. If you have pain related to nerve damage, call or schedule an appointment online today.

Neuropathy

What is neuropathy?

Neuropathy, or nerve damage, is a health condition that affects around 20 million Americans. Nerves are responsible for transmitting electrical messages from the brain to the entire body; they provide sensation, movement, balance, coordination, and stimulation to all your bodily systems.

When nerves have been damaged and are not able to properly communicate with the brain, the result can mean significant pain, lack of coordination, lack of body control, decreased function of systems, and several other serious side effects.

What causes neuropathy?

Many health conditions can cause neuropathy, especially when these conditions are left untreated. The most common cause of neuropathy is uncontrolled diabetes. Other conditions include:

  • Shingles
  • Stroke
  • Infection
  • Cancer
  • Chemotherapy
  • Kidney and liver disease
  • Thyroid disease
  • Exposure to toxins
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Autoimmune diseases, such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Alcoholism or drug use
  • Bone or joint injury
  • Traumatic nerve injury
  • Accidents or trauma
  • Hormone disorders
  • Spinal disorders or injury
  • Metabolic disorders

Other underlying causes of neuropathy include poor nutrition, heredity, and genetic abnormalities.

What are the symptoms of neuropathy?

Symptoms of neuropathy depend on the affected nerves. Depending on which nerves are damaged, your symptoms may include:

  • Tingling, weakness, or numbness
  • Throbbing or burning pain
  • Sharp or shooting pain
  • Loss of sensation
  • Lack of muscle control
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Digestive problems
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Lack of coordination or balance
  • Sexual disorders, including erectile dysfunction
  • Muscle weakness, twitching, or paralysis

If you have these symptoms, it is essential you have an expert evaluation and receive knowledgeable treatment as soon as possible to avoid potential progression of your nerve damage.

What is the treatment for neuropathy?

The focus of treatment of your neuropathy is to relieve difficult symptoms and prevent worsening nerve damage. Your plan of care is unique to your symptoms and the underlying cause of your neuropathy.

Treatments may include:

  • Medications
  • Steroid injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Surgery
  • Referrals to specialists

Dr. Khan and the team of providers at Melrose Park Immediate Care are committed to helping you find relief from your neuropathy symptoms.

For a personalized treatment plan and to find relief from neuropathy pain, call or schedule an appointment with Melrose Park Immediate Care.