As many as 20 million people in the United States have some form of peripheral neuropathy, and many of them are searching for an effective treatment for this painful condition. If you’re one of them, book an appointment online or by phone with Dr. Nomen Azeem at Florida Spine & Pain Specialists in Riverview and Wesley Chapel, Florida, to learn about the treatment options for peripheral neuropathy.
Peripheral neuropathy is not a single condition; more than 100 types have been identified. The condition is marked by some form of damage or malfunction of the peripheral nervous system, which is made up of the nerves that send signals to and from the spinal cord and brain.
Diabetes is the leading cause of peripheral neuropathy and an estimated 60% of people with diabetes also have peripheral neuropathy — usually beginning in the nerves of the feet and progressing up the legs and the rest of the body.
Other causes of peripheral neuropathy include:
Because the peripheral nervous system is vast, and the nerves it comprises have specific and varying functions, there are many possible symptoms of peripheral neuropathy.
Nerves are divided into three categories:
The type of neuropathy you have and the symptoms you experience depend on which nerves are affected. Symptoms include:
Treating any underlying condition that is contributing to peripheral neuropathy is important. For example, people with uncontrolled diabetes often have more symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, so getting your diabetes under control is a critical step toward relief from the neuropathy pain.
Pain due to nerve damage is often difficult to control, but Dr. Azeem is dedicated to helping his patients find relief. Elements of a pain management program for peripheral neuropathy include:
If you have questions about managing the pain of peripheral neuropathy, call or book a consultation online with Dr. Azeem.