Peripheral Neuropathy Treatment by Mercy's Interventional Pain Specialists

 

Peripheral neuropathy is condition in which the peripheral nerves don't work properly as a result of disease or damage.

The multidisciplinary team of doctors at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore treats pain issues caused by nerve damage. The Center for Interventional Pain Medicine at Mercy offers pain medicine specialists who work to develop effective treatment options for patients with peripheral neuropathy. 

About the Condition

Peripheral neuropathy occurs when there is damage to the peripheral nervous system, the system that transmits information from the brain and spinal cord to other body parts. Peripheral neuropathy distorts or interrupts the messages sent from your brain often causing pain and numbness in the arms and legs. 

Peripheral neuropathy can affect just one nerve, a nerve group or all of the nerves in your body. The most common cause of this nerve disorder is diabetes.

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Symptoms & Diagnostic Process

Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy can vary depending on the specific nerves affected. Peripheral neuropathy commonly starts in the longest nerves of the toes. Symptoms may include:

  • Gradual tingling or numbness that begins in the feet and hands
  • An increase in pain as it moves into the arms and legs
  • Dull, burning pain with jolts of sharp pain
  • Increased sensitivity to touch

Peripheral neuropathy can have many causes and therefore can be difficult to diagnose. Location of the nerve damage will need to be determined first, then a cause.

Diagnosis of peripheral neuropathy may include:

  • A full medical history review
  • Physical exam
  • Neurological exam
  • Blood tests
  • Imaging test including a CT scan and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)
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Treatment Options

Treatment may begin with managing the condition causing peripheral neuropathy. In many cases, peripheral neuropathy may then improve on its own.

In cases where a cause cannot be determined, treatment focuses on symptom management. This may include this following: