Spine & Pain Institute of Texas

Pritesh Patel, DO

Pain Management Specialist & Board Certified Anesthesiologist located in Dallas, South Dallas, and DeSoto, TX

Neuropathy is pain that comes from your nerves rather than a sign of tissue damage. If you have one of the many types of neuropathy, pain management specialist Pritesh Patel, DO, at Spine & Pain Institute of Texas in DeSoto, Texas, can help. Dr. Patel creates individually designed treatment plans for patients with neuropathy that address the underlying causes where possible and relieve your symptoms. Call Spine & Pain Institute of Texas today to find out more or book an appointment using the online form.

Neuropathy Q & A

What is neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a result of problems affecting your nerves that cause pain and other sensations. It typically affects your peripheral nerves — those that branch out from your spinal cord to the rest of your body.

Your peripheral nerves give you your sense of touch, so you can identify things like temperature and texture and feel pain when you suffer tissue damage. Feeling pain is a vital survival mechanism, as it alerts you to stop whatever's causing the pain.

When your nerves are damaged or stop working as they should, the result is neuropathy — feeling pain when there’s no tissue damage. You could also experience:

  • Burning
  • Tingling
  • "Pins and needles" sensations
  • Increased sensitivity to touch
  • Numbness

Neuropathic pain is no different in intensity to pain that's caused by actual tissue damage. However, there's often little or no physical evidence of the sensations you feel.

What causes neuropathy?

Neuropathy can be a symptom of disease and other issues, including:

  • Diabetes
  • Postherpetic neuralgia (shingles)
  • Hormonal disorders
  • Kidney failure
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease
  • Guillain-Barré syndrome
  • Lupus
  • Post-stroke pain
  • HIV
  • Celiac disease
  • Chemotherapy

Neuropathic pain also can arise because a particular nerve malfunctions and sends pain signals to your brain. Examples of this kind of neuropathy include facial pain from trigeminal neuralgia and pain around your rib cage due to intercostal neuralgia.

Other causes of neuropathy include certain infectious diseases, poisons, nutrient deficiencies, and alcoholism.

What treatments are available for neuropathy?

Where possible, finding the cause of your neuropathy is an important first step. This enables you to receive treatment for underlying health issues like diabetes, which causes diabetic peripheral neuropathy.

It's also important to consider lifestyle issues that could be making your pain worse, like smoking, poor diet, and being overweight or obese. The healthier your lifestyle, the better able your body is to deal with the cause of your neuropathy.

Medications are often helpful, but they require careful management to optimize pain relief while preventing adverse effects. Dr. Patel has considerable expertise in helping patients with medication management.

Is neuropathy curable?

Some forms of neuropathy are curable, but many become chronic pain problems. Counseling to help you understand what's causing your pain and how to live with it can be highly beneficial.

Dr. Patel also offers advanced treatment options for patients who have severe, treatment-resistant neuropathy.

Neuromodulation uses electrical impulses to scramble the pain signals from your nerves before they reach your brain. Dr. Patel can run trials for spinal cord and peripheral nerve stimulators, which are implantable devices you use to manage your pain.

To find out more about neuropathy and how to overcome it, call Spine & Pain Institute of Texas today or book an appointment online.

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