Painful peripheral neuropathy treatment includes medication or various types of neuromodulation, including spinal cord stimulation. Peripheral neuropathy is caused by nerve damage in your extremities, most frequently your hands and feet. Any number of conditions can cause it, such as diabetes, autoimmune disease, infection, kidney or liver disease, and hypothyroidism.
FAQs About Peripheral Neuropathy.
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What are the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy?
Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy include numbness or tingling, weakness, sensitivity, and pain.
Patients often describe the pain associated with peripheral neuropathy as:
Painful peripheral neuropathy makes many activities of daily living difficult, including:
- Household chores
- Social and recreational activities
- Stand or sit for long periods
- Walk farther than short distances
What are nonsurgical treatments of peripheral neuropathy?
Treatment for peripheral neuropathy depends on its cause. Most physicians treat neuropathies with some type of medication. In addition to prescription medications aimed at treating neuropathy, your doctor also may recommend pain relievers, antiseizure medication, or antidepressants.
Medications don’t work long term for everyone though. Also, many patients don’t like the side effects of the medications. If these situations apply to you, your healthcare provider may want to consider neuromodulation to treat your peripheral neuropathy.
What is a minimally invasive procedure to treat peripheral neuropathy?
Neuromodulation is a form of peripheral neuropathy treatment that delivers stimulation to a targeted site. It can be done through medications and also through electrical stimulation. The most common neuromodulation treatment is spinal cord stimulation for chronic neuropathic pain. Spinal cord stimulation uses an implanted device, implanted near your spine, to send mild electrical pulses that prevent pain signals from getting to your brain.
With neuromodulation, you can expect your peripheral neuropathy pain to be rapidly reduced by 50 to 75 percent.
Is neuromodulation right for treating your peripheral neuropathy?
If you experience pain due to peripheral neuropathy and you haven’t found relief with medication or you want a drug-free alternative, spinal cord stimulation could be the solution.
- Do your feet hurt at night? Are sheets irritating?
- Do you feel like you are walking on nails or marbles?
- Do you feel like ants are stinging your feet?
If you answered yes to any of these questions and medication isn’t helping relieve your discomfort, you may be a candidate for neuromodulation. Neurosurgery One offers spinal cord stimulation at all of our offices and, if you are a candidate, we will conduct a trial with an external stimulator to ensure that it effectively decreases your pain before performing the procedure.