Neuropathy sufferers often complain of having severe stabbing and burning pains in their hands and feet. Not only are these symptoms uncomfortable, they can leave you with permanent nerve damage without proper treatment. The caring providers at 1Body1Life in Chicago and Naperville, Illinois, understand the debilitating effects of neuropathy. They work to determine exactly what’s causing your neuropathy so you can get the treatment you need as soon as possible.
Neuropathy, also called peripheral neuropathy, is a condition that causes weakness, pain, and numbness. Usually these effects occur in your hands and feet, although neuropathy can in strike other areas of your body, too.
Neuropathy and its uncomfortable side effects stem from damage to nerves in your peripheral nervous system. These nerves can become damaged from:
The most common cause of neuropathy is unstable blood sugar levels, often from undiagnosed or poorly managed diabetes. When your blood sugar surges to dangerously high levels, it can damage delicate nerve fibers.
Your ideal treatment path for neuropathy pain depends on what’s causing it. For instance, if a vitamin B deficiency is responsible for your neuropathy, vitamin therapy treatments and changing your diet can improve your symptoms. In some vitamin-deficiency cases, neuropathy can even be reversed.
If your doctor finds that your medications or even alcohol consumption are causing neuropathy, cutting those out altogether often can resolve neuropathy issues. Unstable blood sugar levels from diabetes can worsen neuropathy complications. In this case, working with your physician to get your blood sugar under control is ideal.
For severe neuropathy issues, you may need physical therapy. Regular sessions help you retain some strength while minimizing muscle spasms or cramping. Sometimes, surgery is essential if you have a severely compressed or damaged nerve, although this is usually a last resort.
Neuropathy isn’t curable, but the right treatment can manage or even reverse it depending on the cause. Early diagnosis of neuropathy is crucial. If you let your pain go on for too long, your nerves may become permanently damaged.
While it can be possible to reverse neuropathy in early stages for some patients, once it progresses, your doctor can only work to stop its progression. Chronic unmanaged neuropathy tends to lead to permanent nerve damage.
Neuropathy pain can be debilitating. Get started on your custom treatment plan today by calling the office or booking your appointment online.