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The occasional tingling in the fingers or toes can happen to anyone, at any time. But, if you have been experiencing very severe tingling, burning, or cramping in your arms and legs for days at a stretch, then it’s time you sought a specialist’s opinion about neuropathy.

Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that can cause intense pain and discomfort. Timely treatment can help you relieve these painful symptoms.

Our team at Genesis Lifestyle Medicine has extensive experience working with patients diagnosed with neuropathy. We can help you experience physical comfort through personalized treatments. Visit our facility in Carmel, just north of Indianapolis, Indiana.

How does peripheral neuropathy occur?

Typically, your nerves transfer messages and neural signals between the brain, spinal cord, and body, through patches of skin called dermatomes. If your spinal nerves are in perfect health, then the dermatomes connected to them will ensure neural messages are transmitted to the correct body parts.

But sometimes, an accident, sports injury, or an illness can injure your spinal nerves, affecting how dermatomes transmit neural messages. The injury can interrupt neural signals and cause strange sensations or pain in different parts of the body.

Tingling, burning, or cramping in the arms and legs is usually an indication of a damaged nerve and malfunctioning dermatome. The resultant condition – called peripheral neuropathy – can affect your spinal nerves’ function, and by extension, the rest of your body.

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Other causes of neuropathy

In addition to accidents, sports injuries, and illnesses, peripheral neuropathy can also occur due to:

  • Age – more common in people over 55
  • Genetic predisposition to neuropathy
  • Exposure to chemicals like mercury, lead, thallium, and arsenic
  • Hormonal changes that affect your metabolism
  • Nutritional deficiency (particularly of niacin and vitamins B1, B6, B12 & E)
  • Tumors on the spinal cord or bone cancer (chemo/radiation therapy can increase your risk)
  • Lack of adequate blood flow and oxygen to your nerves (due to venal or cardiovascular conditions)
  • Diabetes
  • Immunity disorders that increase your vulnerability to infections
  • Adverse reaction to specific medication
  • Excessive drinking or smoking

Signs of neuropathy

Neuropathy can occur on either one nerve (mononeuropathy) or affect multiple nerves (polyneuropathy).

You may have neuropathy if you experience the following symptoms for more than a week at a stretch:

  • Sharp tingling, pulling, burning, and cramping in your arms or legs
  • Loss of feeling and inability to feel heat or cold
  • Extreme sensitivity to touch, followed by pain
  • Loss of coordination
  • Extreme muscle weakness
  • Jabbing pain when you cover your arms or legs with clothes/blankets
  • Sensation of having your feet or arms covered with socks (due to numbness)
  • Temporary paralysis in the affected limb
  • Sudden changes in blood sugar
  • Clammy hands and sweaty feet
  • Disruption in bowel movement (if the damaged nerves connect to your bowels)

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How can Genesis Lifestyle Medicine help?

At our Indianapolis, Indiana med spa, our neuropathy specialists start by conducting a thorough medical evaluation to understand the cause of your condition. We rule out other neural conditions before diagnosing you with neuropathy.

At Genesis Lifestyle Medicine, we have in place multiple non-invasive and minimally-invasive treatments that can help reduce the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy. Our objective is to help you experience symptom relief from neuropathy in the shortest time and the safest way possible.

The treatments we offer include:

Diet changes

We start by first evaluating your food and beverage intake. Dependence on sugary and fried foods can limit the nutrition you receive. We will recommend the ideal diet which can help you get the nutrients you need to manage neuropathy symptoms. We also recommend that you reduce alcohol intake and smoking.

Physical activity

As little as 30 minutes of exercise each day can help your nerves receive the oxygen and blood flow they need to be healthy. Exercise also makes muscles stronger and improves coordination, reducing your vulnerability to neuropathy. We may also recommend physical therapy in severe cases of peripheral neuropathy.

Medication management

There are specific medicines that can be prescribed to manage the symptoms of neuropathy and prevent a recurrence. Additionally, we evaluate the current medication you are on and highlight any neuropathy risk factors they pose. You will be able to consult your GP to get a different prescription, if needed.

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy

PRP therapy uses your blood plasma to heal any injury on your nerves. We collect a small amount of your blood and separate the plasma using a centrifuge machine. When injected into the treatment site, the plasma facilitates cellular healing and regeneration of damaged nerves and dermatomes. Over a period of time, as healthy nerves replace the weak ones, you won’t experience the symptoms of neuropathy.

Genesis Lifestyle Medicine for neuropathy treatment

If you’re seeking treatment for neuropathy in Indianapolis, we invite you to contact us for an appointment at Genesis Lifestyle Medicine. Known for our lifestyle brand of wellness and health, we also offer the absolute best in patient-centric service. Our providers are expertly trained in multiple different disciplines so to better provide a custom experience for each patient, and our team is here to support you on your journey from beginning to end. If you’re struggling with the symptoms of neuropathy, please contact us today.

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