Peripheral Neuropathy

Neuropathy is the name of a condition that occurs when one or more nerves have become damaged or dysfunctional. It is characterized by sensations of numbness, weakness, and pain that affect the body as a result of nerve damage.

This condition typically begins in the hands and feet, but it can start in other body parts as well. Additionally, neuropathy can begin in the extremities and spread to other parts of the body over time.

Neuropathy is also called peripheral neuropathy, as many cases of neuropathy involved the peripheral nervous system (the nerve network that resides outside the brain and spinal cord).

A medical illustration showing nerve damage related to peripheral neuropathy

Causes & Symptoms

Several health issues can cause or complicate neuropathy, including diabetes, trauma to the body, autoimmune diseases or dysfunctions, poison exposure, disorders of the kidneys and liver, vascular diseases, medications, alcoholism, and vitamin imbalances.

Neuropathy can range in severity and the symptoms of the disorder are various. Some individuals with neuropathy experience a myriad of symptoms while others only experience a few. Commonly, neuropathy is accompanied by:

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Difficulty with sensation in the feet and hands

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Loss of coordination

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Tingling or numbness in affected body parts

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Electric-like, sharp, burning, or throbbing pain

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Muscle twitching, spasms, or cramps

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Weakness, difficulty moving extremities

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Loss of muscle control

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Abnormal heart rate

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Low blood pressure

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Dizziness and feeling faint

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Digestion, urinary, or GI issues

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Difficulty with sensation in the hands and feet

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Loss of coordination

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Tingling or numbness in affected body parts

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Electric-like, sharp, or throbbing pain

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Muscle twitching, spasms, or cramps

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Weakness, difficulty moving extremities

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Loss of muscle control

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Abnormal heart rate

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Low blood pressure

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Dizziness and feeling faint

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Digestion, urinary, or GI issues

Neuropathy Treatment

Neuropathy can be a difficult condition to manage, and often, it brings with it a selection of additional issues that need to be addressed. For example, neuropathy usually causes physical pain, and when that pain is constant, it can affect an individual’s mental health.

Pain management, pain reduction, and combating the depressive effects of neuropathy are key components of the treatment process.

At the Charleston Pain Relief Center, our providers seek to provide care options that meet the needs of our patients effectively, without forcing them to contend with an array of unpleasant side effects.

Our team offers several customizable options to choose from, and by carefully testing the efficacy of the therapies available, we can help patients by creating a catered care plan that produces results.

Reach out to us at 843-225-2550 or request an appointment, and our team will take every possible step to ensure that your neuropathy is managed in a way that enables you to reclaim your life.