Neuropathy

Pivotal Health and Wellness

Regenerative Medicine located in Greenacres, Palm Beach, and Lake Worth, Florida

Twenty million Americans are affected by neuropathy every year. It’s sometimes the cause of that pins and needles feeling you get in your feet, hands, back, and thighs. Many physicians don’t yet have a firm grasp on it. However, at Pivotal Health and Wellness in Greenacres, Florida, our team is committed to providing support for any eventuality neuropathy might bring up. Go online or call to book an appointment today and learn more about your treatment options.

Neuropathy Q & A

Pivotal Health and Wellness

What is neuropathy?

Neuropathy refers to damage in your peripheral nerves. These nerves are located outside your brain and spinal cord. They send information from your central nervous system, brain, and spinal cord to the rest of your body.

Though neuropathy is an umbrella term, it causes a streamlined series of complications that include numbness, weakness, and pain in your hands and feet. Neuropathy affects:

  • Sensory nerves that handle the sensation
  • Motor nerves that control muscle movement
  • Autonomic nerves that regulate blood pressure, heart rate, digestion, and bladder function

What are the different types of neuropathy?

There are three main types of neuropathy:

  • Mononeuropathy, when only one nerve is affected (like in carpal tunnel syndrome).
  • Multiple mononeuropathies, when two or more nerves in different areas are impacted.
  • Polyneuropathy, when there’s damage to multiple nerves in the same area.

What are the causes of neuropathy?

The causes of neuropathy are often related to various conditions throughout the body. The most common cause of neuropathy is diabetes, which damages nerves because of high blood sugar levels. High alcohol intake, cancer treatments, and genetics can also trigger neuropathy.

Other diseases and injuries that lead to nerve damage include:

  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Lyme disease
  • Shingles
  • B12 deficiency
  • HIV/HIV treatment medicine
  • Guillain-Barré Syndrome
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Lymphoma and Myeloma

What are the symptoms of neuropathy?

Symptoms of neuropathy vary according to each patient and the affected nerve. Symptoms include the following:

  • Permanent or temporary numbness
  • Organ or gland dysfunction
  • Lack of coordination
  • Muscle weakness
  • Tingling, prickling, or burning sensation
  • Changes in blood pressure
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Paralysis
  • Bladder and sexual function complications

How do you treat neuropathy?

The team at Pivotal Health and Wellness works with you to develop the most uniquely suited treatment for your neuropathy.

The team at Pivotal Health and Wellness might also recommend the following lifestyle changes to help control symptoms:

  • Exercise
  • No smoking
  • Blood sugar regulation
  • Healthy diet

It’s the team’s mission never to mask symptoms through temporary solutions. Go online or call today to learn more about real solutions to your neuropathic condition.