Peripheral neuropathy can damage so many different nerves that you could have symptoms ranging from severe pain and muscle weakness to an irregular heartbeat. When nerve damage causes persistent pain, it’s time to connect with Jeffrey Hall, MD, at Spectrum Pain Clinics. Dr. Hall specializes in cutting-edge interventional procedures such as spinal cord stimulation. These treatments effectively relieve pain, even neuropathy pain that hasn’t improved with standard medical treatment. To learn about your treatment options for peripheral neuropathy, call the office in Jackson or Cordova, Tennessee, or use the convenient online booking feature today.
Peripheral neuropathy is an umbrella term that includes any condition that damages the nerves outside your brain and spinal cord.
Toxins, some medications, and many health conditions can cause peripheral neuropathy. These are just a few of the health conditions:
Of all the possible causes, diabetes is at the top of the list.
The symptoms you experience depend on how many nerves are affected and the type of peripheral nerve damage.
These are the three nerve types and a few examples of their most common symptoms:
Sensory nerves collect information from your body about senses, such as pain, temperature, and touch. They carry that information through the spinal cord to your brain. When your sensory nerves are damaged, you experience pain, tingling, numbness, and burning sensations.
These nerves carry information from your brain to your muscles. Damaged motor nerves cause symptoms such as painful cramps and muscle weakness or atrophy.
Autonomic nerves control essential functions, including your cardiovascular, digestive, and immune systems. If peripheral neuropathy affects an autonomic nerve, you can have a wide range of symptoms. A few examples include nausea, a rapid heartbeat, changes in body temperature, and sweating.
The first goal is to treat the condition responsible for your peripheral neuropathy. Depending on the underlying cause, you may treat and cure peripheral neuropathy. Or there may not be a cure for your type of neuropathy. In both cases, Dr. Hall at Spectrum Pain Clinics can ease neuropathy-related pain with interventional treatments.
You may be a good candidate for a nerve block or an intrathecal pain pump, for example. But one of the most effective treatments for peripheral neuropathy is spinal cord stimulation (SCS). Studies show that SCS can ease neuropathy pain that doesn’t improve with pain medications.
Spinal cord stimulation uses a small generator to send mild electrical pulses through lead wires that Dr. Hall implants along your spine, next to the nerves carrying pain signals from your body to your brain.
As the pulses reach the nerves, they block or mask the pain signals. Your brain doesn’t perceive the pain message, so your pain improves.
If you need help for painful peripheral neuropathy, call Spectrum Pain Clinics, or request an appointment online today.