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Treating Peripheral Neuropathy

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Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral Neuropathy refers to a condition in which the peripheral nerves, or the nerves in the body that send messages to the brain, spinal cord and throughout the body, are diseased or damaged.  When these nerves are damaged, messages from the body to the brain or spinal cord become disrupted and can cause impaired muscle movements, loss of feeling and sensation to parts of the body, and pain.  If you think you could be suffering from peripheral neuropathy, we suggest speaking with a neurologist in Babylon. Nassau Suffolk Neurology can help you to not only identify the issue at hand but help to provide you with the best care and treatment to get you back to a more comfortable and pain-free life. 

Signs You Might Have Peripheral Neuropathy:

All the nerves in your body serve different functions.  There are sensory nerves, motor nerves, and autonomic nerves.  Therefore, the symptoms you feel are specific to the types of nerves that are damaged.  Here are some of the symptoms associated with peripheral neuropathy for all the different nerve types:

  • Numbness or tingling in the feet or hands that spread throughout the arms and legs
  • Feeling like you are wearing gloves or socks when you are not
  • Sharp, throbbing or burning pain
  • Sensitivity to touch and temperature
  • Muscle weakness
  • Dizziness and lack of coordination
  • Changes in blood pressure
  • Bladder, bowel or digestive system problems 

Treatment Options for Peripheral Neuropathy:

Going to see a neurologist in Babylon when you start to notice symptoms is pivotal, as early diagnosis can help make treatment to get your symptoms under control a lot easier.  After it is found that you do have peripheral neuropathy, which is likely to have been found from blood tests, imaging tests, nerve tests, and possibly a nerve or skin biopsy, your neurologist will help you utilize the best treatments and medications to help control your symptoms.  Here are some medications and treatments your neurologist might suggest:

  • Pain Relievers – Depending on your pain levels, your neurologist in Babylon might suggest over-the-counter pain relievers or prescribed pain medications.  Anti-seizure medications or antidepressants might also be prescribed to help relieve pain.
  • Topical Treatments – Lidocaine patches or Capsaicin cream can help relieve pain or tingly feelings.
  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation Therapy – Electrodes placed over the skin send a mild electric current throughout the nerves as a way of easing symptoms.  This would typically be done daily for about 30 days.
  • Physical Therapy – Physical therapy can be very beneficial to help improve movement and muscle weakness.
  • Surgery – If the peripheral neuropathy is caused by pressure on the nerves, surgery can be used to help relieve the pressure.

How Can a Neurologist in Babylon Help You?:

Your health and well-being is a top priority at Nassau Suffolk Neurology.  We are here to help you both diagnose and treat any symptoms you have related to peripheral neuropathy.  We are certain we can give you the help you need to get back to a more comfortable and pain-free life, not held back because of your peripheral neuropathy.  Come see our neurologist in Babylon at Nassau Suffolk Neurology for the most personalized and respected care to help you take control of your peripheral neuropathy. Contact us for more information.