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The most prevalent complication of long-term diabetes is neuropathy, and staying on top of it is an important component of living well with diabetes. Neuropathy can also be caused by kidney illness, autoimmune disorders, and infections. Although there is no cure for neuropathy, quick and effective treatment helps to avoid future consequences. Premier Neurology Medical Group’s neurologist and other doctors can assist you in determining the origin of your neuropathy and directing an appropriate treatment plan.
The network of nerves that send messages from your brain and spinal cord to the rest of your body is damaged in neuropathy. The most frequent type of peripheral neuropathy is diabetic neuropathy. Some patients develop neuropathy as a result of a nervous system injury or another condition. You may notice the following symptoms if you have neuropathy:
Sensations of burning
If you’ve been diagnosed with neuropathy, there are things you may do to keep it from worsening.
Neuropathy worsens over time.
Neuropathy, like many other illnesses, worsens if left untreated, making proper diagnosis and treatment critical. It is critical that you do not dismiss the signs and symptoms of neuropathy. When neurons are injured, they lose their ability to interact with the brain. Nerve signals become distorted, resulting in a variety of symptoms.
There are three types of nerves in your peripheral nervous system. Motor neurons transmit messages from the brain to the muscles. Autonomic nerves regulate bodily functions such as blood pressure and heart rate, whereas sensory nerves convey messages from the spinal cord to the brain.
When you do not seek therapy for neuropathy, the nerve damage worsens. More neurons are destroyed, and the amount of the damage worsens.
Even if your symptoms are minor, you should be aware that neuropathy can develop to serious problems. When your nerves aren’t functioning properly, it’s difficult to maintain your feet, toes, and legs healthy. Neuropathy’s diminished sensation and circulation puts you at danger for ulcers, infections, gangrene, and even amputation.
You risk harming yourself if you have neuropathy that impairs your ability to detect heat and cold. And any minor injury can quickly develop into an ulcer. Reduced blood flow causes an ulcer to heal significantly more slowly, increasing the risk of infection, tissue death, and further problems.
Neuropathy has an impact on one’s quality of life.
Untreated neuropathy has a significant impact on your daily life as well as your physical health. People with neuropathy are more likely to experience depression and anxiety as a result of their symptoms than people who do not have neuropathy. Uncontrolled neuropathy can disrupt your sleep and affect your emotional and psychological well-being. Controlling your neuropathy can dramatically enhance your quality of life.
The treatment for neuropathy is determined by the underlying cause. Our providers use your medical history, as well as physical and neurological evaluations, to make an accurate diagnosis and plan your treatment. The type of nerve injury, its location, and the symptoms all influence treatment. The goal is to allow functional improvement over time while slowing or preventing neuropathy progression. Neuropathy symptoms can be treated with medications that reduce electrical nerve signals.
Working with a neurology specialist can help you get back on track to feeling and performing better. To discover more about how treatment can assist your neuropathy, call us or book an appointment online.
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