Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that occurs as a result of nerve damage. Peripheral neuropathy has many causes and can result in various painful or uncomfortable symptoms that can compromise the quality of one’s life. When left untreated over time, neuropathy can worsen and potentially lead to other medical conditions and complications.
What Causes Peripheral Neuropathy?
Peripheral neuropathy has many causes. In the United States, diabetes is the leading cause of this condition, followed by other health conditions and even certain prescribed medications.
Some of the most common causes of peripheral neuropathy include:
- Excessive consumption of alcohol over several years
- B12 deficiency and lack of other vitamins
- Physical nerve damage as a result of injuries
- Thyroid gland issues
- Infections such as shingles, Lyme disease, diphtheria, botulism, and HIV
- Inflamed blood vessels
- Chronic liver or kidney disease
- Abnormal protein in the blood
- Cancer, such as lymphoma or bone marrow cancer
- Cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and/or radiation
- Poor blood flow/circulation
Identifying the underlying cause of peripheral neuropathy is essential in creating an effective treatment plan. When meeting with a neuropathy specialist, discussing your symptoms can help identify the root of your damaged nerves to make moving forward with treatment easy.
Symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy
Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy can vary from patient to patient, often depending on the cause of the nerve damage. Some of the most common symptoms that you should bring up with your neuropathy specialist include:
- Numbness or tingling in the affected area
- Burning pain
- Unusual sensations or loss of sensation
- Muscle weakness
- Deep stabbing pain
- Difficulty balancing
- Sexual difficulties like erectile dysfunction or anorgasmia
Peripheral Nerve Treatment
Luckily, for those suffering from peripheral neuropathy, damaged nerves can heal! At Central Iowa Neuropathy, we have cutting-edge technology used by the best neuropathy specialists to identify the cause of peripheral neuropathy and treat pain at the source.
Our treatment has four main goals:
- Optimize the environment within the body for nerve healing.
- Increase blood flow to the nerves.
- Stimulate the nerves that are damaged (small fiber, large diameter, or motor nerves) to reduce pain, improve sensation, and/or improve balance.
- Decrease brain-based pain.
It is scientifically proven that conditions like damaged nerves can be repaired using the body’s own natural healing process. As one of the top neuropathy treatment centers in the United States, our exclusive treatments focus on increasing blood flow to the nerves in the feet and/or hands, which helps to rejuvenate nerves naturally and has returned many of our patient’s feet and/or hands to normal, ending nerve pain once and for all. No surgery. No addictive medications. Just your body’s natural healing abilities.
Neuropathy Specialist at Asuta Health
Tired of living with the pain and discomfort associated with peripheral neuropathy? Contact a neuropathy specialist at Asuta Health today. We will help you utilize your body’s natural healing abilities to resume your daily activities and responsibilities free from pain. Contact us today to learn more about the treatments we offer or to schedule an appointment with a member of our team.