Why Seeking Treatment for Neuropathy Is Important

Neuropathy is the most common complication of long-standing diabetes, and staying on top of it is a key part of living well with diabetes. Kidney disease, autoimmune disorders, and infections are other important causes of neuropathy as well. Although there is no cure for neuropathy, getting prompt effective treatment prevents further complications. Our neurologist and other providers at Premier Neurology Medical Group can help identify the cause of your neuropathy and direct an effective course for treatment.

Understanding neuropathy

When you have neuropathy, the network of nerves that send messages from your brain and spinal cord to the rest of your body is damaged. Diabetic neuropathy is the most common type of peripheral neuropathy. Some patients develop neuropathy as a result of injury to the nervous system or another disorder. If you have neuropathy you may notice:

If you’re diagnosed with neuropathy, there are steps you can take to prevent it from getting worse.

Neuropathy is progressive

Like many conditions, neuropathy gets worse if left untreated, making appropriate diagnosis and treatment crucial. It’s important that you don’t ignore the signs and symptoms of neuropathy. When neurons become damaged, it interferes with the way they communicate with the brain. Nerve signals become distorted and cause a range of symptoms.

Your peripheral nervous system is made up of three types of nerves. Motor nerves carry messages from your brain to your muscles. Autonomic nerves control various body functions, including blood pressure and heart rate, and sensory nerves carry messages from your spinal cord to your brain.

When you fail to get treatment for neuropathy, the nerve damage continues to progress. More neurons become damaged and the extent of the damage becomes more severe.

Neuropathy is dangerous

Even if your symptoms are mild, it’s necessary to know that neuropathy can lead to dangerous complications. When your nerves aren’t working right, it becomes difficult to keep your feet, toes, and legs healthy. The reduced sensation and circulation seen in neuropathy puts you at an increased risk for ulcers, infections, gangrene, and even amputations.

If you have neuropathy that affects your ability to sense hot and cold, you risk injuring yourself. And any small injury can easily turn into an ulcer. Reduced blood flow means an ulcer will take much longer to heal, increasing the risk of infection, tissue death, and further complications.

Neuropathy impacts quality of life

Untreated neuropathy does more than threaten your physical health -- it has a negative impact on your daily life. People with neuropathy are at an increased risk for depression and anxiety related to their symptoms compared to people who do not have neuropathy. Uncontrolled neuropathy can cause sleep disturbance and interfere with your emotional and psychological well-being. Getting your neuropathy under control can significantly improve your quality of life.

Treatment for neuropathy

Treatment for neuropathy depends on the underlying cause. Our providers use your medical history, along with physical and neurological exams, to make an appropriate diagnosis and determine your course of care. Treatment depends on the type of nerve damage, its location, and symptoms. The goal is to permit functional improvement over time and slow or prevent the progression of neuropathy. Medications that quiet electrical nerve signals can help treat neuropathy symptoms.

Teaming up with a neurology specialist can get you on the right track to feeling and functioning better. To learn more information on how treatment can help your neuropathy, call our office in Beverly Hills, California, to schedule an appointment or book it online.

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