Neuropathy and Chronic Nerve Discomfort - Causes, Symptoms and Treatment | Explore Family Chiropractic

Do you have neuropathy or chronic nerve discomfort?

Neuropathy is nerve damage that causes you to have chronic pain, numbness, or tingling. Chronic nerve discomfort can be caused by various reasons, including diabetes, vitamin deficiencies, and even pregnancy.

This blog post will cover the different types of neuropathy and provide information on how to treat it. 

What is Neuropathy?

Chiropractor Explaining Neuropathy to a Patient Using a Spinal Model in Clinic

Neuropathy is a condition that affects the nerves and can lead to numbness, tingling, pain, and other symptoms. Chronic nerve discomfort is similar but less severe than neuropathy. It's often caused by sitting for long periods of time without moving around enough.

Neuropathy is the term for damage or dysfunction of nerves which includes problems with sensation as well as motor function.

Neuropathy is characterized by:

  • dull, aching pain in arms and legs
  • Numbness or tingling in the arms and legs
  • Poor coordination
  • Problems with balance 
  • Painful cramps come and go for no known reason

What are the Different Types of Neuropathy?

Chiropractor Discussing Various Types of Neuropathy with Illustrative Charts in Clinic

There are four different types of Neuropathy:

  • Autonomic- this type of Neuropathy harms automatic processes in the body, such as digestion
  • Peripheral - it damages nerves in the toes, fingers, hands, and feet
  • Proximal -it damages nerves in your hip, buttock, or thigh. It affects one side of the body and may rarely spread to the other side.
  • Focal Neuropathy- damages nerves in your face and head.

What are the Symptoms of Neuropathy?

Patient Consulting with Chiropractor About Neuropathy Symptoms in Clinic

Symptoms include:

  • A burning sensation that feels like you're walking on hot coals;
  • Weakness of one foot with reflexes diminished to about half strength when compared to the other side
  • Numbness and tingling in hands, feet, arms, legs, torso (full-body)
  • Decreased sensitivity to touch, pain, and temperature changes 
  • Burning sensations such as pins and needles
  • Muscle weakness that can make walking
  • Difficulty standing and climbing stairs
  • Tingling in hands and feet
  • Numbness of the lips; a dry mouth that may cause difficulty speaking; problems swallowing food
  • Muscle spasms - involuntary twitching or jerking movements. This symptom can be painful at times 
  • Hallucinations- seeing things that are visual or auditory
  • Difficulty urinating, insomnia

The nerve cells that carry messages from the brain to different parts of the body are damaged by Neuropathy, which can lead to tingling and burning sensations throughout your limbs. This stimulation is typically worse at night when you're lying down because it causes pressure on your nerves and may make them more sensitive to touch.

Causes of Neuropathy and Chronic Nerve Discomfort

Chiropractor Explaining the Causes of Neuropathy to a Patient in a Clinic Setting

Several other medical conditions can also cause Neuropathy and chronic nerve discomfort, including:

  • Chemotherapy drugs and other medical conditions that affect nerves- chemotherapy can damage nerves because cancer drugs are toxic to cells.
  • Vitamin deficiencies can cause nerve damage because the body lacks lysine, which is an amino acid that helps repair nerves in your body.
  • Pregnancy- pregnancy can damage nerves while you're pregnant because of the extra pressure and weight that your body is under.
  • Hereditary- this can cause Neuropathy and chronic nerve discomfort if it runs in your family.
  • MS or other autoimmune diseases are conditions where immune cells attack the tissue on their own bodies, which causes severe pain.
  • Trauma to the nerve
  • Injuries from accidents or falls, as well as diseases of the circulatory system.
  • Toxic substances - Toxic substances can damage nerves in two ways. The first way is by causing direct cell death through ingestion or skin contact. The second way is by disrupting the normal functioning of cells and tissues, which can lead to a series of negative changes that may eventually result in neuron death as well.
  • Infections such as HIV or Lyme disease can lead to nerve damage- There are two ways in which HIV can damage the nervous system. The first is through a disease called AIDS dementia complex, which affects your cognitive function. The second way is through neurological complications such as meningitis and peripheral Neuropathy, which affect nerves.
  • Diabetes - Diabetes can cause nerve damage to the feet, hands, and face. This is due to the buildup of excess glucose, which over time damages the nerves.
  • Lupus (Autoimmune diseases)- Neuropathies are also associated with autoimmune disorders such as lupus. Lupus, when it goes untreated, "actually causes inflammation in the nerves." This inflammatory response damages the myelin sheath that protects our nervous system by damaging its blood vessels to cause a loss of function in various bodily functions."
  • Genetic disorders such as Charcot-Marie-Tooth syndrome
  • Hereditary Neuropathy with liability to pressure palsies (HNPP)
  • Genetic disorders such as Neuropathic pain and Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Injuries to the spine or neck that damage nerves in your body
  • Restless leg syndrome is another cause of neuropathy and chronic nerve discomfort because it can irritate a part of the brain called the trigeminal nucleus, which controls reflexes for sensory stimulation from the skin.

Treatment Options For Neuropathy and Chronic Nerve Discomfort

Chiropractor Demonstrating Neuropathy and Nerve Discomfort Treatments to a Patient in Clinic

If you have neuropathy, it can be tough to live a normal life.

However, there is hope, and treatment is available for the symptoms of chronic nerve discomfort!

Many potential treatment options for neuropathy and chronic nerve discomfort depend on the cause or underlying condition.

These might include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Medications prescribed by your doctors like anti-inflammatory drugs or antidepressants
  • Medical devices such as braces to help with balance problems caused by neuropathy in the feet
  • Botox injections can temporarily relieve the pain of a painful neuropathy condition such as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) or Trigeminal neuralgia.

Determining the best treatment option is important. It will depend on several factors, such as what type of neuropathy you have and how severe it is. Chronic nerve pain can be relieved by medications, while pain from nerve damage may need surgery.

A chiropractor like Dr. Nick Toumazos can help with neuropathy because they treat patients using holistic methods rather than medication or surgery, which may only provide temporary relief from the pain.

How Chiropractor Dr. Nick Toumazos Can Help Provide The Best Treatment For Your Neuropathy and Chronic Nerve Discomfort?

Dr. Nick Toumazos Consulting with a Patient on Neuropathy and Chronic Nerve Pain Treatment in a Chiropractic Clinic

Dr. Nick Toumazos has been practicing chiropractic in Aurora, OH, for several years. He has helped many people who have chronic nerve pain and neuropathy symptoms with natural treatment methods that are usually more effective than medication or surgery, giving his patients relief from Neuropathy and Chronic Nerve Discomfort without drugs or surgery.

The whole-body approach to Neuropathy includes a combination of massage therapy, chiropractic adjustments, physical rehabilitation exercises, as well as diet and nutritional supplements that work together to reduce or eliminate chronic nerve pain and discomfort.

Massage therapy - A massage therapist manipulates the muscles to break up cramps that can cause pain, numbness, and tingling.

Physical Therapy- physical therapy can help to stretch out the muscles and improve strength, posture, and flexibility.

Chiropractic Adjustments - a chiropractor like Dr. Nick Toumazos, can help someone with Neuropathy by adjusting spinal joints that may be putting too much pressure on the nerves or blood vessels in the spine.

Dietary Supplements- they are usually given as a natural way to reduce inflammation and pain.

Exercise - Exercise can help with Neuropathy by reducing muscle tightness, improving flexibility, increasing strength and balance, which in turn reduces the pressure on nerves that cause discomfort.

Dr. Nick Toumazos is a chiropractor who specializes in Neuropathy treatment. He takes pride in helping his patients live painless and healthy lifestyles.

If you would like to learn more about Neuropathy, the symptoms, and the treatment options Dr. Nick Toumazos can help with, contact our office today at https://explorefamilychiropractic.com/contact-us/ for an appointment!

You may also call Dr. Nick Toumazos at 330-954-8155 for Neuropathy and Chronic Nerve Discomfort treatments in Aurora, OH, today!

Clinic Address: 344 Aurora Commons Circle Aurora, OH 44202

Sources:

https://www.healthline.com/health/neuropathic-pain

https://www.health.harvard.edu/pain/drugs-that-relieve-nerve-pain

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