Neuropathy causes pain in most patients, but it’s also sneaky because it can lead to numbness so you won’t feel the underlying pain. Whatever symptoms you develop, it’s important to get early treatment to stop the condition from worsening. Humam Akbik, MD, at Cincinnati Comprehensive Pain Center provides comprehensive treatment through medical care and interventional pain therapies. To get help for your neuropathy, call the office in Fairfield, Ohio, or complete the contact form online and a team member will give you a call to schedule an appointment.
Neuropathy Q & A
What is neuropathy?
Neuropathy generally refers to nerve damage. You may develop neuropathy from many possible causes, including an injury, vitamin deficiencies, cancer, and numerous health conditions.
Since there are many types of neuropathy, it’s defined according to the type of nerve affected or the disease causing the problem. These are a few examples of common neuropathies:
- Peripheral neuropathy, which most often affects your extremities
- Proximal neuropathy, which affects your shoulders, thighs, hips, or buttocks
- Diabetic neuropathy, which can impact any part of your body but frequently affects your feet and eyes
- Central pain syndrome, which occurs when nerves in your brain or spinal cord are damaged
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is another common type of neuropathy that develops from irritated or compressed nerves in your wrist.
What symptoms develop due to neuropathy?
While pain is the primary symptom of neuropathy, you can also develop other problems. Injured nerves cause tingling, burning, an electric-shock sensation, and muscle weakness. Neuropathy also causes numbness, which is especially dangerous because you won’t feel problems like skin ulcers.
You may also feel any or all of these symptoms along the length of the nerve. For example, sciatica is caused by a compressed spinal nerve but results in pain that radiates down your leg.
How is neuropathy treated?
Dr. Akbik provides comprehensive care for neuropathy. Your individualized treatment may include one or more treatments, such as:
- Medications, topical lidocaine and oral medications help relieve neuropathic pain
- Nerve block injections, to stop pain signals from reaching your brain
- Epidural steroid injections, to reduce nerve inflammation
- Spinal cord stimulation, to block or mask pain signals
- Nerve stimulation implants, to block nerve signals using mild electrical impulses
- Superion® indirect decompression, to decompress pinched spinal nerves
- Radiofrequency ablation, to stop nerve signals by creating a temporary wound on the nerve
Diabetic neuropathy accounts for about 30% of all neuropathies. If you have diabetes, you’ll receive the full range of care at Cincinnati Comprehensive Pain Center. Dr. Akbik helps you control blood sugar, which is essential to slow down disease progression and prevent complications caused by diabetes.
If you suffer from nerve-related pain, the team at Cincinnati Comprehensive Pain Center can help. Schedule an appointment by calling the office or ask the staff to call you by completing the online contact form.