Is There a Cure for My Neuropathy?

If you’ve been diagnosed with neuropathy, the foremost question you have is, “Can my neuropathy be cured?” You’re not alone. At least 20 million Americans have this often debilitating condition, and scientists believe many more cases go undiagnosed.

At Boston PainCare, we’re committed to helping patients in and around Waltham, Natick, and Concord, Massachusetts, with expert diagnosis and treatment of peripheral neuropathy. Our team of specialists offers different treatment options customized to meet your unique needs.

Keep reading as we explain more about this condition and whether there’s a cure. 

Understanding neuropathy

Your peripheral nervous system is responsible for sending information from your brain and central nervous system (CNS) to all of your many body parts. This important network of nerves also brings the information you take in from your five senses, like sight or touch, back to your CNS and brain.

When the peripheral nerves located just outside the brain and spinal cord are injured or damaged, peripheral neuropathy results because the signals sent to and from your CNS from the peripheral system are disrupted. In other words, these nerves can’t function normally. 

Causes

Although many conditions or injuries can cause peripheral neuropathy, diabetes is the most common since chronically elevated blood sugar levels damage your nerves. Other causes include:

It’s not always possible to identify the exact cause of peripheral neuropathy, in which case your Boston PainCare doctor may diagnose you with idiopathic neuropathy.

Symptoms

Because different nerves can be affected depending on the location and extent of the damage, the term peripheral neuropathy describes many types of disorders rather than a single neuropathic disorder, and everyone experiences the disease in different ways.

For example, depending on which nerves are damaged, you may experience symptoms related to the function of the affected nerves. Some people notice symptoms related to temperature or touch while others have symptoms related to movement or even blood pressure. 

The most common symptoms of peripheral neuropathy include: 

Less often neuropathy affects your autonomic nerves and may cause symptoms such as changes in blood pressure or heart rate which may make you dizzy, digestive or urinary problems, heat intolerance or issues with sweating, and weight loss. 

Is there a cure for neuropathy?

The answer to this question depends on the nature and extent of your nerve damage. That’s why seeing a specialist soon after you exhibit symptoms of neuropathy is essential. Some cases of peripheral neuropathy can be reversed or cured with treatment. 

For many people, however, the focus is on preventing further nerve damage from taking place and managing the associated symptoms. At Boston PainCare, our experts evaluate your unique case to customize a treatment plan for optimal results.

In all cases, treatment usually begins by identifying and managing the underlying medical cause when possible. This helps your provider best understand what therapeutic modalities will help control and alleviate your symptoms.   

Your Boston PainCare provider may prescribe medication to help manage your pain, including topical medications, which contain numbing agents, and oral medications. Physical therapy may be used to help improve mobility and balance. 

Lifestyle changes also play a significant role in managing and treating peripheral neuropathy. Eliminating (or limiting) alcohol, making sure your blood sugar stays controlled through a healthy diet, and staying physically active to help maintain a healthy body weight are important steps in reversing or managing neuropathy.  

Ready to learn more about neuropathy and the treatments that may work for you? Contact the experts at Boston PainCare in Waltham, Natick, or Concord, Massachusetts, and schedule an appointment today. 

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