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Neuropathy Specialist

Internal Medicine Practices

Primary Care, Geriatric Care & Internal Medicine Specialists located in Lady Lake, FL & Tavares, FL

Numbness, tingling, and burning pain can indicate neuropathy, a condition caused by nerve damage. If you have neuropathy symptoms and want relief, turn to the highly trained physicians at Internal Medicine Practices in Lady Lake and Tavares, Florida. They can diagnose and treat neuropathy to ease its unpleasant symptoms and reduce your risk of complications. Call the nearest office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.

Neuropathy Q & A

What is neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition caused by damaged nerves. It’s linked with unpleasant, sometimes crippling symptoms that can reduce your quality of life when left untreated. See the team at Internal Medicine Practices at the first sign of neuropathy to prevent further nerve damage.

What are the symptoms of neuropathy?

Common symptoms of neuropathy include:

  • Prickling
  • Numbness
  • Tingling, especially in your hands and feet
  • Sharp, jabbing pain
  • Throbbing discomfort
  • Burning pain
  • Touch sensitivity
  • Muscle weakness
  • Lack of coordination
  • Falling down
  • Pain when putting your weight on the affected area
  • Feeling like you’re wearing socks when you’re barefoot
  • Paralysis
  • Heat intolerance
  • Bladder, bowel, or digestive problems
  • Changes in sweating patterns
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness

Symptoms of neuropathy can be mild, moderate, or severe. Seeking treatment right away gives you the best outcome.

Complications of untreated neuropathy include burns, skin injuries, ulcers, infections, weakness, and falls.

What are the risk factors for neuropathy?

Neuropathy can happen to anyone, but some things raise your risk of developing it. These include:

  • Diabetes
  • Family history of neuropathy
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Infections
  • Toxin exposure
  • Alcoholism
  • Some medications
  • Nerve injuries
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Kidney and liver problems
  • Repetitive motions
  • Smoking

Ways to reduce the risk of neuropathy include adopting healthy lifestyle habits, getting regular exercise, eating nutritious foods, maintaining an ideal weight, and avoiding repetitive motions and toxin exposure.

How does my doctor diagnose neuropathy?

Your doctor will discuss your symptoms and medical history and complete a physical exam, including a neurological exam, to assess your nerve function.

They can order blood tests, imaging procedures, nerve function testing, nerve biopsies, or skin biopsies to make a final diagnosis and develop an effective treatment.

How is neuropathy treated?

Your specialist will recommend one or more of the following neuropathy treatments:

Lifestyle changes

Making lifestyle changes can reduce your neuropathy symptoms and the risk of it getting worse and developing complications. Examples include monitoring and controlling your blood sugar if you have diabetes, taking care of your feet, getting regular exercise, and not smoking.

Eat healthy foods, avoid drinking too much alcohol, and maintain a healthy weight. Your provider could recommend that you take specific dietary supplements to reduce the risk of vitamin deficiencies.

Medicines

Using oral or topical medicines can reduce neuropathy symptoms and sometimes their underlying cause. Your provider will determine which medicines are best for you.

TENS

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is a procedure in which your provider places electrodes on your skin to deliver electric currents at various frequencies. These currents often reduce neuropathy pain.

Plasma exchange

During plasma exchange, your provider removes some of your blood, removes antibodies and proteins from it, and returns the blood to your body. The proteins and antibodies are often the cause of neuropathy.

Physical therapy

Doing specific exercises and stretches and using braces, a cane, or a walker can reduce unpleasant neuropathy symptoms and help you to better complete everyday tasks.

Surgery

Surgery can reduce nerve pressure and the symptoms of neuropathy, giving you a better quality of life.

Call the nearest Internal Medicine Practices office today or book an appointment online if you suspect you have neuropathy and want symptom relief.

Fax: 949-543-2074