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Peripheral Neuropathy

Interventional Pain Center

Sachida N. Manocha, M.D.

Interventional Pain Center located in Worthington, OH & Newark, OH

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, more than 20 million Americans are living with some form of peripheral neuropathy. If you or a loved one is among them, Sachida Manocha, MD, of Interventional Pain Center, with locations in Worthington and Newark, Ohio, can help. Dr. Manocha offers multiple treatment options for peripheral neuropathy, and he can help you find a course of action that can reduce your pain and improve function. Book your visit today, either online or by phone.

Peripheral Neuropathy Q & A

What is peripheral neuropathy?

Your nervous system includes your central nervous system, which encompasses your brain and spinal cord, and your peripheral nervous system, which includes your somatic and autonomic nervous systems.

The somatic nervous system collects sensory information from your limbs and distant organs and transmits them to your brain, which quickly processes that data and sends a message back to the site to prompt an action. For example, if you step on something sharp, your brain/body connection triggers you to take weight off of that foot.

Your autonomic nervous system controls your inner organs, prompting action that you don’t consciously control. Those actions include things like your heartbeat, breathing function, and digestive process.

Peripheral neuropathy occurs when nerve tissues within your peripheral nervous system are damaged and fail to function properly.

What are some symptoms of peripheral neuropathy?

The emergence of symptoms depends on which nerves are affected. Some of the more common symptoms of peripheral neuropathy include:

  • Cramping
  • Uncontrollable muscle twitching
  • Numbness in hands or feet
  • Difficulty with balance
  • Loss of reflexes
  • Severe pain from normal stimuli, like a light touch
  • Sleep disruptions
  • Heat intolerance
  • Gastrointestinal distress

Everyone has a unique experience of peripheral neuropathy, and there are numerous symptoms beyond those listed above.

What causes peripheral neuropathy?

Some cases of peripheral neuropathy are due to genetic factors and can appear during childhood. Genetic mutations can be inherited from one or both parents, or they can occur on their own, without a clear hereditary link.

Most cases of peripheral neuropathy are acquired, including:

  • Vascular problems
  • Traumatic injury
  • Systemic autoimmune diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Chemotherapy treatment
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Kidney or liver disorders

Dr. Manocha works to determine the cause of your neuropathy during the diagnostic process.

How is peripheral neuropathy treated?

In some cases, treating the underlying condition can improve symptoms of peripheral neuropathy. A course of antibiotics, vitamin supplementation, increased exercise, and improved diabetes care are examples.

Immunosuppressive medications can help if an autoimmune disorder is a factor. Lifestyle modifications can also treat symptoms.

Peripheral nerve stimulation, or PNS, uses a small implanted device to deliver swift electrical pulses that disrupt the transmission of pain signals between the body and the brain. Introduced in the 1960s, today’s PNS therapy offers effective pain relief to many.

To explore these and other treatment options, schedule an appointment with Dr. Manocha today, online or by phone.