What to Do if You Experience Neuropathy Symptoms
Many who experience burning, tingling or numbness are often treated for neuropathy. When the symptoms won’t go away, it’s time to ask questions and get answers.
Common Symptoms of Neuropathy
Many who experience burning, tingling or numbness suspect that they have neuropathy and often get diagnosed and treated as such. However, when symptoms don’t go away with treatment—its time to start asking questions At CiC, we have answers. Until recently, doctors were taught that neuropathy is neurological condition that only gets worse. In recent years, neuropathy is being viewed as more of a vascular disease (related to poor circulation) rather than a nerve condition. At CiC our expert physicians pride themselves on doing a more extensive, more comprehensive exam to evaluate symptoms that may “appear” to be neuropathy—but may very well not respond to “traditional” treatments for neuropathy—such as medications or expensive “experimental” treatments that often leave patients with unnecessary costs with little to no results.
At CiC we work as a team to diagnose better, and treat your neuropathy better than ever before.
What if it’s not Neuropathy?
Our expert physicians often see “neuropathy” patients whose symptoms are caused by poor circulation –the result of blockages in small blood vessels usually below the ankle. These blockages affect your circulation to your feet—which case symptoms that are almost identical to typical neuropathic pain. And, in many cases, may be the cause of neuropathy symptoms. Once a diagnosis is confirmed, we offer an “ultra minimally invasive” treatment performed in an office setting to restore better circulation which can begin to alleviate symptoms in as little as hours after treatment.
Do Others Suffer with the same symptoms?
One in every 20 people over the age of 50 has Peripheral Artery Disease, also known as P.A.D., which can cause symptoms that are essentially identical for “Neuropathy” Last year 8.5 million patients were diagnosed with PAD. Perhaps more alarming, is almost 25 percent of people with PAD have no symptoms and don’t even know they have it. Many believe it’s just part of aging, and it’s normal for their legs to hurt when they walk or the feet to feel cold or numb. But it’s not. PAD is a circulation disorder that may be causing these symptoms.
You are at risk if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, are overweight, family members with PAD, or you smoke. Smoking increases the likelihood of getting PAD by 400%.
PAD effects the blood vessels in your arms and legs. It occurs when fatty deposits form on the inner lining of the artery limiting blood flow.
SIGNS OF PAD that are often confused with typical symptoms of Neuropathy:
• Pain and discomfort in the legs and buttocks.
• Cold hands and feet
• Sensitive or shiny skin
• Discoloration of legs and feet
• Poor nail growth
• Non-healing wounds
These symptoms may increase during activity and improve or go away with rest. If you ignore these signs, it may lead to an amputation. If you get an amputation, because of PAD, your life expectancy is worse than if you had breast cancer or lymphoma.
To see if you have PAD, studies to evaluate blood flow are often ordered. When needed, re-vascular- ization will be done to improve flow. This minimally invasive procedure widens the artery. Once this occurs, symptoms begin to lessen and in many go away.
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Joel R. Rainwater, MD
Ryan G. O’Hara, MD