Neuropathy Doctor Questions and Answers
Are you suffering from the chronic pain condition called neuropathy or think you may be? Contact Back Pain and Joint Center in Conroe, TX today to talk to our neuropathy doctors about your symptoms and treatment options. For more information call us or schedule an appointment today.
What is Neuropathy?
Neuropathic pain is a chronic pain condition that is usually caused by a progressive, chronic nerve disease as well as can result from an injury or infection.
Neuropathy can often cause weakness, numbness and pain, usually found in the hands and feet but can also affect other areas of the body, this is a result from the damage to the nerves.
Neuropathy is irreversible; however, you can take steps to help prevent neuropathy and even manage it through diet, lifestyle and treatments.
While neuropathy is not caused by one particular disease, diabetes is a leading cause. A few other conditions and events that impact your health and can cause neuropathy include:
Trauma from injuries like falls, car accidents, fractures or sports activities
- Autoimmune disorders and infections
- Other health conditions
Other health conditions include kidney disorders, liver disorders, tumors, hypothyroidism, myeloma, lymphoma and monoclonal gammopathy
- Medications and poisons
Medications and poisons may include some antibiotics, some anti-seizures medications, HIV medications among others
- Vascular disorders
Neuropathy can easily occur when blood flow to your arms and legs begin to decrease and slow by inflammation, blood clots or other blood vessel disorders
- Abnormal vitamin levels
- Inherited disorders
A common inherited disorder is Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease. This disease causes weakness in the foot and lower leg muscles and can also affect the muscles in your hands
- Unknown causes
What are the symptoms of neuropathy?
Diabetes is the leading cause of neuropathy in patients, there are many other causes too, but diabetes is the leading cause. Many patients have noted the same common sensations they feel when it comes to neuropathy, which feels like numbness, tingling (or a pins and needles feel) and weakness in the affected areas of the body.
A few other sensations that many have noted include burning, throbbing, sharp or lightning like pain or stabbing pain.
What are the stages of neuropathy?
The chronic condition that results from damage or compression of the nerves outside the spinal cord and brain comes in stages, this helps our doctors to evaluate the extent of your nerve damage you may have already experienced and what treatment options you can benefit from.
Stage One: Numbness and Pain
During stage one, the patients start to become aware that something is starting to feel off, with a combination of the nerves in their hands and/or feet feeling pain and/or numbness.
Stage Two: Constant Pain
In stage two, the patient starts to become more aware of the pain and it may become more difficult to endure.
Stage Three: Intense Pain
Stage three will be the worst of the pain, as it will begin to occur daily. Many patients will have issues doing daily tasks and get used to not doing normal things like walking barefoot on the beach.
Stage Four: Complete Numbness/ Loss of Sensation
If a patient does not seek our medical treatment for their neuropathy issues, they will begin to lose all of the feeling in their hands and/or feet and risk recurrent wounds and subsequent amputation.
How long does it take for neuropathy to go away?
It depends on not only the stage, but the health condition of the patient. In some situations, symptoms of neuropathy may lessen over time but not completely go away.
Neuropathy caused by chemotherapy can be very difficult to treat or cure. If you are able to recover from neuropathy, it can take anywhere from 18 months to five years or longer. Each individual’s treatment plan is different and will require different treatment depending on their previous health history and symptoms. If you are looking for a neuropathy doctor to help with your neuropathy symptoms, contact Back Pain and Joint Center today! We are available by appointment only from Monday to Thursday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, and located at 2510 South Loop 336 West, Suite 245 Conroe, TX 77304. We serve patients from Conroe TX, Montgomery TX, Panorama Village TX, Willis TX, The Woodlands TX, and Cleveland TX.
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