Neuropathy

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Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine

Integrative Medicine & Aesthetics located in Summerville, SC & Mount Pleasant, SC

Neuropathy affects 20 million Americans. Though many people aren’t aware of its existence, neuropathy is confusing, at parts uncharted condition in which the peripheral nerves get damaged and information poorly distributed through the body. The doctors at Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine in Summerville and Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, provide expert care in dealing with the unexpected consequences of neuropathy. Book online or call to make an appointment today.

Neuropathy Q & A

What is neuropathy?

Neuropathy is an umbrella term that typically refers to damage in your peripheral nerves, causing weakness, numbness, and pain in your hands and feet — though patients have exhibited symptoms in other areas of the body, too.

Peripheral nerves send information from the central nervous system, the brain, and the spinal cord to the rest of the body.

It’s called neuropathy, or mononeuropathy, when only one nerve is affected, like in carpal tunnel syndrome. When damage is found in two or more nerves in different areas, it’s considered multiple mononeuropathy, and it’s called polyneuropathy when multiple nerves are damaged.

Neuropathy can affect:

  • Sensory nerves that handle sensation
  • Motor nerves that control muscle movement
  • Autonomic nerves, which regulate blood pressure, heart rate, digestion, and the bladder

What causes neuropathy?

The causes of neuropathy are undetermined, though some known conditions can trigger it.

While excessive alcohol intake and hereditary conditions can cause neuropathy, the most common cause of chronic neuropathy is diabetes, which damages nerves because of high blood sugar levels.

Cancer patients are also susceptible to neuropathy because of the harmful effects of cancer treatments like chemotherapy. Other catalyzing conditions include:

Chronic kidney disease

An imbalance of salts and chemicals in the kidneys can cause peripheral neuropathy.

Diseases and injuries

Various diseases can lead to nerve damage, including:

  • HIV/HIV treatment medicine
  • Lyme disease
  • Shingles
  • Guillain-Barré syndrome
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Lymphoma and myeloma
  • Vitamin B12 deficiency


Broken bones can also put unnecessary pressure directly on the nerve and cause damage.

What are the symptoms of neuropathy?

Since neuropathy affects individual nerves and that each nerve has a function, symptoms vary according to the nerve in question. Generally speaking, symptoms of neuropathy include:

  • Permanent or temporary numbness
  • Tingling, prickling, or burning sensation
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Lack of coordination
  • Muscle weakness
  • Paralysis
  • Changes in blood pressure
  • Organ or gland dysfunction
  • Bladder and sexual function complications

What is the best treatment for neuropathy?

There are many possible treatments for neuropathy. The team at Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine focus on a collaborative approach to find the best treatment possible. This involves communicating with experts across multiple fields to make the most informed decision.

Some neuropathy treatments and therapies include:

  • Pain relievers
  • Anti-seizure medication
  • Topical treatments
  • Antidepressants
  • Physical therapy
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation

 

The team of doctors at Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine might also recommend a series of lifestyle changes that can contribute to restoring your health, such as:

  • Exercise
  • Quitting smoking
  • Blood sugar regulation
  • Healthy diet

 

Neuropathy is a serious condition that can quickly cause severe complications in your daily life. Contact Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine today for a unique approach to treatment that can offer relief.

 

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