Peripheral neuropathy describes nerve damage that affects the extremities, most frequently the 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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Treatments for This Condition
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, a procedure called neuromodulation may be the answer.
What is a minimally invasive procedure to treat peripheral neuropathy?
Neuromodulation is a minimally invasive procedure that’s only offered in the Denver area at Neurosurgery One. It uses electricity to interrupt pain signals on their way to the brain. A device that’s implanted near the spinal column delivers the electricity.
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, neuromodulation 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.