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Living With Neuropathy (And What You Can Do About It)

Pain, tingling, and numbness in your hands and feet aren’t normal and can impede your day-to-day. Although any discomfort could be blamed on sleeping in a strange position, neuropathy is impossible to miss and difficult to endure. Neuropathy pain affects at least 20 million people each year, according to an estimate by the National Institute of Neurology and Stroke. 

At California Pain Medicine Center in Santa Monica, California, we understand how neuropathy pain can catch you off-guard, but our team of compassionate providers can help you manage your neuropathy symptoms. We work with many people who have pain and tingling in their extremities, and we can provide solutions to help you heal from your pain and get back to your life. 

Do I have neuropathy?

Neuropathy typically refers to peripheral neuropathy, which affects the nerves that originate in your spine and stretch into your legs and arms. The aforementioned tingling in your hands and feet isn’t the only symptom for which you should watch. Other symptoms include:

Though the severity of neuropathy symptoms can range from irritating to debilitating, this condition is almost never fatal. 

A number of things can cause neuropathy. One of the biggest causes of this condition is diabetes, particularly in cases where blood sugar is poorly controlled. Other metabolic conditions, such as hypertension and obesity, can raise your risk of developing neuropathy. A family history of neuropathy could raise your risk, as can tumors, and hypothyroidism.  

Where did it come from?

For your body to function daily, your brain sends signals through your body’s nervous system to control everything from the step you take, to the beat of your heart, to your laugh when you hear a joke. Peripheral neuropathy occurs when your nerve cells, or neurons, are damaged. The damage taken by your neurons scrambles the signals from your brain, creating your symptoms. 

There are several types of neuropathy, separated by the number of nerves affected. Mononeuropathy affects one nerve, for example, in carpal tunnel syndrome. Polyneuropathy affects several nerves, which occurs in Guillain-Barre syndrome.  

How do I treat it? 

Your provider at California Pain and Medicine Center can treat your peripheral neuropathy after a proper diagnosis. To get to the cause of your pain, we will need to give you a thorough examination, including all of the necessary tests to confirm that you’re living with peripheral neuropathy. 

Even with severe neuropathy pain, it is possible that you may respond to oral pain treatments that can bring you immediate relief. Other therapies can be discussed with your provider and will depend on your medical history. When conservative treatments aren't helping, we offer unconventional and holistic treatments, as well, including physical therapy.  

Don’t let tingling and numbness ruin your fun with loved ones. We’re here to help you with a thorough consultation. Call us today at 310-264-7246, or book an appointment with us online.

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