Neuropathy is a broad term that’s used to describe damage to peripheral nerves — and there are a whopping 46 miles of nerves in the average human. At Lynx Healthcare in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the board-certified pain management specialists understand better than most how this intricate system works and how any “bump in the road” can lead to life-altering pain and discomfort. If you’re in the Albuquerque area and want relief from neuropathy, call the experts at Lynx Healthcare or use the online booking feature today.
Neuropathy is a catchall that encompasses damage to your peripheral nerves, which reach every square inch of your body. Your peripheral nervous system acts as the main line of communication between your body and your brain, constantly sending messages back and forth for interpretation.
One of the primary objectives of your peripheral nervous system is to protect you from harm and to signal danger. When a nerve detects a problem, it sends a message to your brain, which usually registers the problem as pain, forcing you to act before your body suffers permanent damage.
With nerve damage, the lines of communication between your brain and your body are interrupted, which can cause a cascading effect.
Peripheral neuropathy falls into two categories: mononeuropathy and polyneuropathy. Mononeuropathy affects one nerve and includes carpal tunnel syndrome. Polyneuropathy affects many nerves, as is the case with fibromyalgia.
Any disease, injury, or condition that affects your nerves can result in peripheral neuropathy. The most common causes are:
Lynx Healthcare finds the root cause of your neuropathy pain to develop an effective treatment plan. They review your medical history and symptoms, complete an exam, and might recommend blood tests, nerve function tests, imaging procedures, or nerve biopsies.
Peripheral neuropathy typically shows up in your extremities, namely your hands and feet. The most common symptom of neuropathy is pain, which can range from sharp to throbbing or burning discomfort. You might also experience radiating pain, gradual numbness or tingling, weakness in your limbs, or increased sensitivity to touch or temperatures.
Because your nervous system is so vast, symptoms can present themselves in myriad ways, so be on the lookout for any sensations that just don’t feel right.
Your personalized neuropathy treatment plan at Lynx Healthcare might include the following:
Don’t live with neuropathy pain when you don’t have to. To put an end to neuropathy-related discomfort, call Lynx Healthcare or book an appointment online today.