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Neuropathy Treatment

If you’re experiencing the discomfort of neuropathy — numbness, pain, tingling, and weakness — our specialists at Genesis Lifestyle Medicine can help. We offer neuropathy treatment at select locations.

What is neuropathy?

Neuropathy is very common, and affects roughly one in fifteen Americans. It is a condition in which the peripheral nerves are damaged or dysfunctional. It is caused when nerve cells (neurons) are destroyed or damaged and the communication between the nerve cells and the brain is disrupted. This can result in a range of symptoms that can impact your quality of life. 

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Common symptoms of neuropathy

  • Numbness and/or tingling
  • Sharp, throbbing, burning, and/or stabbing pain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Difficulty walking or moving arms or legs
  • Muscle twitches
  • Loss of proper coordination and/or muscle control
  • Changes in sensation
  • Inability to feel physical pain/pressure/temperature/touch
  • Spasms and/or cramps
  • Bloating, nausea, and/or vomiting
  • Inability to move a part of the body
  • Low blood pressure or abnormal heart rate
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting
  • Over- or under-sweating
  • Problems with urination, diarrhea, and/or constipation
  • Problems with sexual function
  • Unintentional weight loss

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Main causes of neuropathy

Although sometimes the cause of neuropathy is never discovered, it can be caused by a variety of factors, including:

Diabetes: The most common cause of neuropathy is diabetes, because uncontrolled high blood sugar damages the nerves.

Trauma: Neuropathy can be caused by trauma due to sports, vehicle accidents, fractures, etc.

Inherited disorders: Neuropathy can be genetic. Examples of inherited conditions that may cause neuropathy include familial amyloidosis, CMT disease, Fabry disease, and metachromatic leukodystrophy. 

Vitamin levels: Nerve function requires the right levels of vitamins E, B1, B6, B12, and niacin. If you lack the correct level of these vitamins, you may be at risk for a neuropathic disorder. 

Vascular conditions: Vascular issues may be caused by smoking, diabetes, and vasculitis. These conditions can result in neuropathy because they decrease blood flow, which deprives the nerve cells of oxygen.

Tumors: Whether benign or malignant, neuropathy may result from tumors pressing on the nerve or crowding their space.

Certain medications and treatments: Neuropathy may be caused by certain antibiotics, anti-seizure medications, and HIV medications. In addition, chemotherapy and radiation for cancer treatment may damage peripheral nerves.

Alcohol abuse: Because alcoholism tends to result in a poor diet, the body may not get the amount of thiamine and other vitamins required for proper nerve function. Alcohol may also be damaging to peripheral nerves.

Exposure to toxic substances: Exposure to heavy metals and industrial chemicals may have a serious effect on the nerves.

Other conditions: Neuropathy may result from kidney disorders, autoimmune disorders and infections, myeloma, lymphoma, monoclonal gammopathy, liver disorders, or hypothyroidism.

Neuropathy treatment

Once you have been diagnosed with neuropathy, our team at Genesis Lifestyle Medicine will begin your treatment. Your specific needs may require topical treatment, physical therapy, or plasma exchange. During your consultation, we will determine precisely which treatment will be best for your type of neuropathy.

Genesis Lifestyle Medicine for neuropathy treatment

If you’re seeking neuropathy treatment, 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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