Numbness, tingling, and weakness in your arms, hands, legs, or feet may be caused by neuropathy or another nerve disorder. To get diagnosed and learn about treatment options for neuropathy and other nerve conditions, visit Advocate Integrated Medicine in Johnson City, Tennessee. The integrated medical team offers coordinated and comprehensive treatments to alleviate your symptoms and help you feel your best. To schedule an appointment, call or book online today.
Neuropathy — also called peripheral neuropathy — is a condition that affects the peripheral nerves in your arms, hands, legs, and feet. These nerves are responsible for sending signals about pain, temperature, pressure, and vibration from your limbs to your brain so that your brain can respond and send signals to your limbs to move — such as pulling your hand away from a hot pot or lifting your foot off a rock you’ve stepped on.
With peripheral neuropathy, these nerves become damaged and can’t function properly. This can lead to discomfort in your limbs and may predispose you to injury.
The most common signs of neuropathy have to do with the sensations that cause your nerves to send signals to your brain, though you may also experience muscle-related symptoms. Common signs of neuropathy include:
Based on the location and severity of your symptoms, the team can narrow down the potential cause of your condition and recommend an appropriate treatment plan.
Approximately 60% of neuropathy cases are caused by diabetes. When you experience high blood sugar levels, the sugar in your blood irritates the nerves and begins to break them down. This can happen in controlled diabetes after many years, though it’s most likely to occur in uncontrolled diabetes.
Other causes of neuropathy include:
The team screens you for all potential causes of neuropathy during your visit to determine your diagnosis.
Neuropathy treatment depends on the cause of your condition. Many types of neuropathy can’t be cured, though your symptoms may be reduced by therapies such as:
Referrals are also available for more complex cases of neuropathy that require specialist care.
To set up a visit at Advocate Integrated Medicine and get help with your neuropathy symptoms, call or click to schedule now.