Why Am I Experiencing Symptoms of Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is more common than you think. More than 30 million people in America suffer from peripheral neuropathy, and this number is estimated to be much higher. Many people don’t report their symptoms, which leads to their condition going undiagnosed. Symptoms of neuropathy shouldn’t be ignored, especially if they begin to affect your day-to-day life. 

The CellBionics Institute has two locations, in Sterling, Virginia, and Utica, New York. At both locations, Dr. Nameer Haider provides diagnostic care, pain management, and treatment for peripheral neuropathy. Your experiences may differ from someone else with the same condition, so Dr. Haider will tailor your treatment plan to your unique needs. 

Common causes of neuropathy 

Neuropathy is an umbrella term that covers damage to the peripheral nerves, which connect the rest of the body to the spinal cord and brain. The peripheral nerves are responsible for sending sensory information, motor commands, and even autonomic signals to the brain. Damage to the peripheral nerves can lead to the following symptoms

These symptoms may vary depending on what kind of neuropathy you’re experiencing. Damage to the sensory nerves may lead to pain and tingling, while issues with the autonomic nerves may lead to more serious complications, such as gastroparesis (infrequent bowel movements). 

Peripheral neuropathy may be the result of a number of conditions, including: 

Diabetes is the most common cause of peripheral neuropathy — most people with diabetes develop some form of neuropathy later in life. Treatment for neuropathy is mostly managing symptoms; once nerve damage occurs, it can’t be repaired.

When to seek help for neuropathy 

You should seek help for neuropathy as soon as you notice it. If you have diabetes, it may be a sign that you need help managing your condition. When left unchecked, the nerve damage can worsen over time. 

Regardless of what’s causing your neuropathy, it’s important to get the issue diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. This can prevent further damage and give you a chance to manage the condition. 

Have you noticed symptoms of neuropathy? A consultation with an expert can help you learn more and begin discussing your options. To get in touch with Dr. Haider and his team, call the location closest to you, or book an appointment online

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