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The Top 4 Frequently Asked Questions About Neuropathy

At US Neuropathy Centers, we believe in offering patients only the best and most effective treatments for peripheral neuropathy. In addition, our providers are experts in nerve pain treatment and provide essential tips and advice to help patients live normal and healthy lives.

Though each patient is unique, we are often asked the same questions from a large majority of our patients. Patients are encouraged to communicate with their physician about their concerns, needs, or questions. To better accommodate each patient, we have provided a list of frequently asked questions about neuropathy as a reference for our patients:

  1. What are the common symptoms of peripheral neuropathy?

Symptoms can differ for each patient, based on the cause and type of their neuropathy. Nerve pain is associated with motor, sensory, and autonomic nerves, and each group has different symptoms. In most cases, though, neuropathy affects the legs, feet, and hands. Some shared symptoms for people with nerve pain include tingling or burning feet, muscle cramps, inability to control movement of the feet or hands, pain, and loss of feeling or numbness.

  1. Why do my symptoms of pain come and go?

Some neuropathies are acute, having symptoms suddenly appear and then disappear. Other times, nerve pain will appear, disappear, and then reappear with worse pain. This kind of neuropathy is called progressive polyneuropathy. Sometimes, patients who increase their activity levels will have increased burning.

  1. How is neuropathic pain treated?

Neuropathic pain is treated in a number of ways. Treatment can vary based on the underlying cause or causes of the nerve damage. Typically, treatment will have some element of symptom relief, such as prescription medications and/or topical compounded medications applied to the site of the symptoms. In some cases, anti-depressants may also be prescribed in conjunction with a pain relief medication. Vitamin supplements and hormone replacement can also be beneficial. Your doctor may perform testing to see if vitamin or hormone deficiencies are contributing to your overall symptoms. More advanced treatments that may help stop of even reverse the progression of the nerve damage may be recommended, depending on the confirmed source of the pain. These include electronic signaling technologies and nerve decompression procedures. Your physician is the best source for recommended treatments that are catered to your specific condition.

  1. How can I manage burning sensations in my feet and legs?

A lot of patients find burning relief with the assistance of prescription topical creams. Lidocaine patches, which are prescribed by doctors, are another source for burning pain relief. Talk to your US Neuropathy Centers physician about what is recommended to best relieve your burning pain.

If you suffer from nerve pain, diabetic neuropathy, numb feet, foot pain, or an entrapped nerve, contact US Neuropathy Centers for a thorough examination and suggested treatments.

If you are suffering from neuropathy, please do not hesitate to call us at any of our US Neuropathy Centers locations. With offices in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming, our neuropathy experts are easily accessible and here to help.

The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.

@US Neuropathy Centers, 2018

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