Neuropathy is an umbrella term that refers to nerve damage. Neuropathy can affect different nerve fibers including large myelinated or small unmyelinated fibers. In some cases, it can affect your autonomic nervous system, it can bring about a range of uncomfortable symptoms that interfere with your daily life.
From tingling sensations to sharp pains, neuropathy can take a toll on your physical, mental, and overall health. Seeking treatment for neuropathy isn’t just optional; it's a crucial step towards regaining control and improving your quality of life.
Are you struggling with the symptoms of neuropathy? At Chicago Neurological Services in Roscoe Village and Oak Park, Illinois, neurologist Lenny Cohen, MD, and our team of experts specialize in diagnosing and treating neuropathy, so don’t hesitate to reach out.
In the meantime, let’s consider why seeking treatment for neuropathy is so important.
You might have either peripheral or autonomic neuropathy, depending on which nerves are damaged. Some people may have only a single damaged nerve, while others may have several.
Your peripheral nerves run outside of your spinal column, and if you develop peripheral neuropathy, you might experience:
- Pins and needles sensations
- Burning sensations
- Sharp or throbbing pain
- Loss of balance
- Extreme sensitivity to touch
- Muscle weakness
On the other hand, autonomic neuropathy means that nerves that affect automatic processes have been damaged, which can lead to symptoms such as:
- Heat intolerance
- Incontinence (bowel and/or bladder)
- Sweating problems (either too much or not enough)
- Blood sugar issues
- Digestive issues
If you have any of the symptoms of autonomic neuropathy, seek medical care immediately.
Why seeking treatment is important
Neuropathy can be debilitating, but the right treatment can help improve your quality of life. Seeking treatment is important because:
The right treatment can help reduce symptoms
Your neuropathy management plan starts with an accurate diagnosis. Dr. Cohen identifies the root cause of your neuropathy and then tailors a treatment plan that suits your unique needs. Once the diagnosis is confirmed, treatment strategies may focus on addressing the underlying cause of the condition, especially in cases where conditions like diabetes are contributing to nerve damage.
In many cases, symptom relief is the main priority. To help you regain comfort and control, Dr. Cohen might prescribe medications. These medications can range from pain relievers to anti-seizure drugs and even antidepressants — all of which can play a pivotal role in managing the discomfort associated with neuropathy.
For certain types of neuropathies, Dr. Cohen might recommend specialized IV therapy. This approach can provide targeted relief and support your nerves' healing process. Chicago Neurological Services offers an onsite intravenous clinic under the supervision of experienced professionals.
Treatment can improve your mental health
Chronic pain, whether from neuropathy or other pain conditions like fibromyalgia, can affect your mental health. Chronic pain can increase your risk of anxiety and depression, but the reverse is also true: anxiety and depression can decrease your pain tolerance. It’s a vicious cycle, but getting treatment for neuropathy can help you break the cycle of pain and anxiety.
It can help pinpoint the root cause
Neuropathy can stem from various underlying causes, such as vitamin deficiencies, autoimmune conditions, and diabetes. The complexity of this condition necessitates a comprehensive approach to diagnosis and treatment.
When you visit Chicago Neurological Services, you undergo a thorough evaluation, including a physical exam, a detailed review of your medical history, and a neurological exam. Dr. Cohen may also recommend diagnostic testing, such as blood tests, nerve function tests, on-site autonomic testing, or even a skin biopsy (to assess nerve fibers) to pinpoint the exact nature of your neuropathy.
Your path to relief starts here
Dr. Cohen and our Chicago Neurological Services team are dedicated to guiding you toward relief and a better quality of life. To begin your path to recovery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Cohen today. You can easily book your appointment by calling the Chicago Neurological Services location of your choice or by using the convenient online booking feature.
Remember, seeking treatment for neuropathy is not just a choice — it's a step toward regaining control and experiencing life without the burden of neuropathic symptoms.