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Neuropathy Specialist

The Center for Integrative and Functional Health and Wellness

Regenerative and Functional Medicine, Pain Management, and TMS and Ketamine Therapy Center located in Bloomingdale, IL

Neuropathy is a nerve disease that can cause excruciating pain. In Bloomingdale, Illinois, The Center for Integrative and Functional Health and Wellness offers a range of innovative therapies for neuropathy that ease pain and other unpleasant symptoms. Call their office today to find out about their enlightened approach to neuropathy treatment or schedule an appointment using the online form.

Neuropathy Q&A

What is neuropathy?

Neuropathy is pain and other unpleasant sensations caused by nerve damage. It affects your peripheral nerves — the ones that aren’t a part of your central nervous system (CNS).

Peripheral nerves send sensory information to the CNS (the brain and spinal cord) from all over your body. Your brain converts the nerve signals into pain, which is a warning of tissue damage. The nerves also tell your brain if you’re too hot or cold or if something’s irritating or tickling your skin.

If you have neuropathy, the peripheral nerves are either damaged or not working correctly. They might send pain signals when there’s no tissue damage, cause numbness and loss of function, or make your skin extra sensitive.

What are the symptoms of neuropathy?

Pain is often the primary symptom of neuropathy. It can take many forms, from dull and aching to sharp and stabbing. Other sensations neuropathy can cause include:

  • Burning
  • Prickling
  • Tingling
  • “Pins-and-needles”

Neuropathy can lead to weakness and muscle damage.

What causes neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a symptom of many diseases, including:

  • Diabetes
  • Postherpetic neuralgia (lasting pain after recovering from shingles)
  • Hormonal disorders
  • Trigeminal neuralgia (affects nerves in the face)
  • Celiac disease
  • Guillain-Barré syndrome (the immune system attacks the nerves)
  • HIV (human immunodeficiency virus)
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (affects nerves in the arms and legs)
  • Kidney failure
  • Lupus

You can also suffer from neuropathy after a serious illness like pneumonia or when you’re undergoing chemotherapy for cancer. If your doctor can’t identify the cause of your neuropathy, it’s called idiopathic. That doesn’t mean it’s any less painful or distressing than it is for patients who know why they have neuropathy.

How is neuropathy treated?

If you have a disorder like diabetes or postherpetic neuralgia, The Center for Integrative and Functional Health and Wellness ensures that you receive the necessary care to manage your condition.

To address the symptoms of neuropathy, they offer a range of treatments, including:

  • Physical therapy
  • Deep tissue injections
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Dietary advice
  • Nutritional supplements
  • Non-opioid painkillers
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Joint injections
  • Nerve blocks

Patients with neuropathy often respond well to a combination of these treatments. The Center for Integrative and Functional Health and Wellness helps you find the best methods for you. Call their office today to get help for your neuropathic pain or book an appointment online.