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"My doctor says I have neuropathy. What is that?"

Peripheral neuropathy, a result of damage to the nerves located outside of the brain and spinal cord (peripheral nerves), often causes weakness, numbness and pain, usually in the hands and feet. It can also affect other areas and body functions including digestion, urination and circulation.

Peripheral neuropathy can result from traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic problems, inherited causes and exposure to toxins (like chemotheraphy, for example). One of the most common causes is diabetes. People with peripheral neuropathy generally describe the pain as stabbing, burning or tingling.

“Does neuropathy go away?”

The symptoms of peripheral neuropathy may lessen or go away over time, but in some cases they never go away. These are ways to learn to live with it though. This includes the use of pain medicines as the doctor prescribes or over-the-counter pain medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. These can relieve mild symptoms. Some topical treatments can help, too.

If you are suffering from symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, give Ortho El Paso a call. We can help you with a treatment program that will help you manage through the pain. Call 915-249-4000 for an appointment today.