Peripheral Neuropathy Symptoms and Treatment
Wondering what peripheral neuropathy is? And looking for effective treatment options? Then read below to gain deeper understanding of peripheral neuropathy and their rreatments! For more information please call us. We serve patients from Austin TX, Sunset Valley TX, Hays TX, Rollingwood TX, Bee Cave TX, Manchaca TX, West Lake Hills TX, Buda TX and South Austin, TX.
Peripheral neuropathy is a fairly common condition that affects up to 30% of Americans. Because there are so many different symptoms, over 100 types of neuropathy, and it’s not one single disease, neuropathy is sometimes difficult to diagnose and understand. In fact, in some cases, the cause of your pain may not be identifiable at all.
Our multidisciplinary medical team at Integrative Medical Group of Texas understands the many symptoms of peripheral neuropathy and how it affects everyone differently. We offer effective, whole-person solutions to managing your pain and other symptoms that impact the quality of your life. Take a few minutes to understand the various symptoms of peripheral neuropathy and their effective treatments.
How peripheral neuropathy feels to you
Peripheral neuropathy is damage or dysfunction to one or more of your nerves that usually begins in your extremities, like your hands or feet. Neuropathy often occurs as a result of other chronic health conditions, including diabetes, autoimmune disorders, and trauma. The symptoms you experience depend on the underlying causes and conditions and the type of nerve damage that happens as a result.
You have sensory nerves, motor nerves, and autonomic nerves in your peripheral nervous system that communicate signals between your body and your brain. Sensory nerves communicate pain, texture, and temperature. Autonomic nerves are responsible for bodily functions such as sweating, digestion, and blood pressure. Motor nerves carry messages from your brain to your muscles.
Depending on which types of nerves are damaged, you may experience a variety of symptoms including:
- Tingling sensations
- Muscle weakness
- Sharp, stabbing pain
- Burning sensations
- Inability to feel temperature changes
- Decreased sense of touch
- Muscle twitching
- Low blood pressure
- Bladder control issues
- Digestion issues
- Bowel function problems
- Lack of physical coordination
- Severe pain
For some men and women, pain worsens at night, making it difficult to get a restful night’s sleep. For others, chronic pain and discomfort leads to a diminished quality of life.
Ways to manage debilitating symptoms
The goal of treating peripheral neuropathy is to help you manage symptoms and improve your daily life. At Integrative Medical Group of Texas, we address any known causes of your peripheral neuropathy.
Treat underlying conditions
If you have diabetes, we can help you get that condition under control so it doesn’t continue to cause damage to other nerves in your hands and feet. Or, if you have an autoimmune disease, we can help you manage that effectively so as not to exacerbate the pain it causes from nerve damage.
To keep your nerves healthy, we suggest eating a healthy diet of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean protein. If you’re deficient in vitamin B-12, a common underlying factor of peripheral neuropathy, we may recommend supplements.
Medicines and therapies
Medicines can keep your pain under control and adjust the pain signaling pathways between your brain and peripheral nervous system. Rehabilitation Exercises can help you increase your strength and range of motion and improve your balance to help you manage symptoms. Exercise, occupational therapy, and massage therapy may also help ease your pain and help improve function in affected areas of your body.
You don’t have to live with constant pain. Our team of specialists creates a personalized treatment plan based on your individual needs, symptoms, and lifestyle. We can help you live your life to the fullest, rather than focusing on the pain and stress of dealing with peripheral neuropathy day after day.