Maddox Pain Management
Gil Maddox, MD
Pain Management Physician located in Anniston, AL
Neuropathy is known for causing pain and tingling sensations all over the body, as well as feelings of weakness. Ultimately, these issues can impact your quality of life. If you struggle with neuropathy discomfort, Anniston, Alabama’s leading pain specialist, Gil Maddox, MD provides innovative, effective treatments for men and women of all ages. You can book an appointment at Maddox Pain Management by using the online scheduling system, or by calling the clinic.
Neuropathy Q & A
What is neuropathy?
You have nerves all over your body that are responsible for sending and receiving messages to and from your brain. Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that damages your peripheral nerves, making it difficult for them to communicate in this way.
These nerves can become damaged from a traumatic injury or severe infection. In most cases though, neuropathy stems from uncontrolled blood glucose related to diabetes.
How do I know if I have neuropathy?
The symptoms you experience with neuropathy depend on which nerves are affected since each one in your peripheral system has a specific job. Neuropathy can affect sensory nerves that receive sensation or motor nerves that control your muscle movement.
If either of these types of nerves is damaged, you’re likely to experience:
- Extreme sensitivity to touch
- Numbness, tingling, or prickling sensations
- Sharp, throbbing, electrical, or burning pain
- Lack of coordination or muscle weakness
Neuropathy can also affect autonomic nerves, which control bodily functions, such as digestion and cardiovascular activity. If these nerves are compromised, you might have a difficult time controlling your bladder or bowels. It’s also common to experience dizziness associated with changes in your blood pressure.
Which neuropathy treatments are best?
Dr. Maddox spends time reviewing all of your symptoms to design a solution that works for you. Your treatment plan starts by resolving the underlying issue.
For instance, if you have uncontrolled blood sugar, learning some management techniques can resolve neuropathy pain. Additionally, if you have high blood pressure, making lifestyle changes or taking medications to lower it can be effective.
Many neuropathy sufferers benefit from spinal cord stimulation (SCS), also known as neurostimulation. This treatment involves implanting a small device near your spine that disperses mild electrical pulses and interferes with pain signaling.
Some men and women might need physical therapy to reverse the muscle weakness associated with neuropathy. In severe cases, Dr. Maddox could prescribe painkillers, like hydrocodone (Zohydro®), but only if they’re necessary.
Instead of living one more day with neuropathy pain, schedule an evaluation at Maddox Pain Management for relief. Book your visit either online or over the phone.