Neuropathy symptoms can be confusing as they range from pain and tingling to muscle atrophy and excessive sweating. At Advanced Wellness & Musculoskeletal Pain Clinic in Stamford, Connecticut, Kin Tsoi, MD, has years of experience diagnosing neuropathy and creating customized treatment plans that alleviate your symptoms and support your recovery. If you have questions about your symptoms or need relief from the pain, call the office, or schedule an appointment online right away. The sooner you treat nerve damage, the more likely the nerves are to heal.
Neuropathy is a broad term that refers to any damaged nerve in your body. But most people use neuropathy to mean a slightly more specific condition called peripheral neuropathy.
Your peripheral nerves include all the nerves in your body except those in your spinal cord and brain. You can end up with damaged peripheral nerves due to toxins, certain medications, and many health conditions, including:
Of all the possible causes, diabetes accounts for more cases of peripheral neuropathy than any of the other conditions.
Symptoms depend on the type of nerve that was damaged. You have three types of peripheral nerves. Here’s a quick rundown of those nerves and their symptoms:
These nerves carry information from your brain to your muscles. As a result, injured motor nerves can cause muscle weakness, cramps, spasms, and atrophy.
Your sensory nerves pick up signals from your body and the environment, sending information to your brain about pain, temperature, pressure, body position, and other types of sensory data.
When these nerves are damaged, you experience pain, tingling, burning, and numbness. Your symptoms occur at the site of the injury, and they can radiate along the length of the nerve. That’s how pinched spinal nerves can cause leg pain.
Your autonomic nerves control breathing, your heart rate, blood pressure, and other essential body functions. Since they influence such different body areas, injured autonomic nerves result in various symptoms, from changes in your heart rate to excessive sweating and digestive tract problems.
Dr. Tsoi is fellowship-trained in interventional pain medicine. As a result, you gain a doctor who’s exceptionally qualified to treat the many different types of neuropathy.
Your treatment may include one or more of the following:
Though your peripheral nerves can heal, how well or if they heal depends on variables like the nerve’s location and the extent of the damage.
If you have questions about neuropathy or you’d like to schedule an appointment, call Advanced Wellness & Musculoskeletal Pain Clinic or book online today.