Neuropathy Specialist in Albuquerque
Numbness, pain, or tingling in the hands and feet can begin as a problem that complicates your life and becomes a painful nuisance. These symptoms can become more severe over time, however, causing major problems that debilitate patients and cause a negative impact on quality of life. If you are experiencing sensitivity to touch, burning or jabbing sensations, or other kinds of pain in your hands, feet, or other areas, you may have sustained nerve damage. It’s important to consult with a physician so that they can figure out whether you have neuropathy.
What is Neuropathy?
Neuropathy is the result of damage to your peripheral nerves. This damage often causes weakness, numbness, and pain. Neuropathy occurs most often in the hands and feet, but it can also affect other areas of the body. Every nerve in your peripheral system has a specific function, so the symptoms you notice will depend on which nerves have been affected. That being said, overall, nerves are classified into three categories: sensory nerves, motor nerves, and autonomic nerves. Sensory nerves are responsible for recognizing sensations such as temperature, pain, and vibration, while motor nerves are related to muscle movement. Autonomic nerves control functions in blood pressure, heart rate, digestion and bladder.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy?
The most common signs and symptoms of peripheral neuropathy include the following:
- The gradual onset of numbness, pricking, or tingling in your feet or hands. This can also spread upward into your legs and arms.
- Sharp, jabbing, throbbing, freezing or burning sensations.
- Extreme sensitivity to touch.
- Lack of coordination and falling.
- Muscle weakness or paralysis (if motor nerves are affected).
If your autonomic nerves have been affected, you may also recognize the following symptoms:
- Heat intolerance and altered sweating.
- Bowel, bladder, or digestive problems.
- Changes in blood pressure, causing dizziness or lightheadedness.
Peripheral Neuropathy can affect one nerve (mononeuropathy), two or more nerves in different areas (multiple mononeuropathy), or many nerves (polyneuropathy). Carpal tunnel syndrome is one example of mononeuropathy.
How Can Neuropathy Be Treated?
One of the ways that neuropathy can be treated is through platelet-rich plasma (PRP). PRP involves withdrawing a small amount of blood from the patient’s body and putting it into a centrifuge. Once the centrifuge separates the blood’s components, the concentrated platelets and plasma are introduced to the site of pain on a patient’s body. PRP growth factors release stem cells and promote the healing process. These growth factors and stem cells encourage wound repair, axon regeneration, and tissue remodeling.
PRP holds growth factors, proteins, and other essential components that direct the body to revive damaged tissues. Neuropathy requires a medical diagnosis through lab tests or imaging. Neuropathy is also chronic, meaning that the condition can last for years or plague the patient throughout his or her life. This is why it’s extremely important to treat the underlying cause of the neuropathy.
What are Some of the Causes of Neuropathy?
Typically, nerves are damaged through disease or injury. The range of common conditions that can cause neuropathy include diabetes, vitamin deficiencies, infections, autoimmune attacks, genetic disorders, tumors, and trauma::
- Diabetes. Over half of people with diabetes develop neuropathy.
- Infections. Viral or bacterial infections, including Lyme disease, shingles, Epstein-Barr virus, hepatitis C, leprosy, diphtheria and HIV can cause neuropathy.
- Exposure to toxins in the environment, at home, or in the workplace.
- Vitamin deficiencies. B vitamins—including B-1, B-6 and B-12—Vitamin E and niacin are crucial to maintaining nerve health.
- Autoimmune diseases. Sjogren’s syndrome, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Guillain-Barre syndrome, chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, and necrotizing vasculitis are all known causes.
- Tumors. Cancerous (malignant) and noncancerous (benign) growths may develop on the nerves, creating pressure and causing neuropathy.
- Trauma. One common repetitive trauma includes frequent keyboard use. Other traumas are more severe, such as motor vehicle accidents, slips and falls, or sports injuries. Recovering from these injuries can also cause nerve trauma, such as when a patient uses crutches or needs to wear a cast.
How Do I Find the Neuropathy Treatment That is Right for Me?
At Southwest Regenerative Regenerative, we pride ourselves in helping patients undergo the effective treatment of neuropathy. It’s important to us to extend friendly, knowledgeable, and caring assistance so that you can get the answers you need for your chronic condition.
If you’re interested in learning more about what kinds of procedures would treat your neuropathy most effectively, give our offices a call at 505-288-4411. Get back to enjoying your life pain-free.