Summit Pain Alliance
Pain Management Specialists located in Santa Rosa, CA & Petaluma, CA
Nerve damage, known as neuropathy, may stem from degenerative issues, trauma, cancer treatments, and even diabetes, among other issues. If you struggle with debilitating nerve pain, tingling, or numbness, see how the pain management specialists at Summit Pain Alliance in Santa Rosa and Petaluma, California, can help. To get started on your neuropathy treatment as soon as possible, book an appointment online or over the phone with the clinic nearest you.
Neuropathy Q & A
What causes neuropathy?
Neuropathy occurs for all kinds of reasons, from injury to chronic disease. For instance, one of the most common causes of neuropathy is blood sugar fluctuations related to prediabetes or diabetes. The surges of blood sugar can seriously damage nerve tissue and lead to agonizing discomfort.
However, not everyone who develops neuropathy has diabetes. Your case of neuropathy may stem from:
- Hormonal disorders
- Nerve compression from trauma
- Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
- Cancer treatments, including chemotherapy
- Autoimmune disorders, including lupus or celiac disease
Occasionally, neuropathy is associated with alcoholism or nutritional deficiencies. Because any of these underlying issues may be causing your neuropathy, it’s important to undergo a comprehensive examination and thorough screenings to pinpoint the cause.
What are the symptoms of neuropathy?
Neuropathy leads to nerve pain that may be localized to one area or widespread throughout your limbs (as with peripheral neuropathy). Some of the most common symptoms of neuropathy include:
- Shooting pains
- Sexual dysfunction
- Muscle weakness
- Loss of bowel or bladder function
Without proper treatment, neuropathy can lead to permanent nerve damage. Plus, the numbness you experience can increase your risk of skin damage.
For instance, because of numbness, you might not be able to tell that a pan is hot and as a result, suffer from a serious burn. Because of these issues, Summit Pain Alliance provides modern, research-driven treatment solutions.
How does a doctor treat neuropathy?
Your neuropathy treatment plan depends on the cause of your neuropathy. Nerve studies, blood tests, and physical exams may be necessary to pinpoint the cause of your neuropathy issues.
No matter the cause, Summit Pain Alliance provides personalized treatment plans that may include:
- Neuromodulation, as with spinal cord stimulation
- Numbing creams made with cayenne pepper
- Medical-grade dietary supplements
- Blood sugar management
- Acupuncture therapy
Medications are sometimes necessary treatments for neuropathy, too. Your doctor at Summit Pain Alliance prescribes a medication that intercepts pain signals or changes the way your brain perceives pain, so you can experience effective relief.
Click on the online scheduling tool to book your neuropathy evaluation at Summit Pain Alliance today. You can also call to schedule a visit by phone.
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