If you’re experiencing numbness, burning pain, or weakness in your feet or hands, you may have peripheral nerve damage (neuropathy). Dr. Habib Khan and his team of dedicated medical professionals at Arizona Institute of Neurology and Polysomnography in Casa Grande, Arizona, can help. Dr. Khan is an expert at diagnosing peripheral neuropathy and designing treatment plans designed to relieve your pain and help stall progression of the nerve damage that’s affecting your quality of life. Schedule your appointment today.
Your peripheral nervous system includes any of the nerves that exist outside of your spinal column and brain. Peripheral neuropathy occurs when your peripheral nerves are diseased or damaged and lose their ability to function normally.
One type of peripheral neuropathy is known as small fiber neuropathy and involves the countless small nerves that send information from your brain and spinal cord to the rest of your body.
These nerves include:
The symptoms you experience depend on the nerves affected. Neuropathy involving your sensory nerves, for instance, may cause:
When motor nerves are affected, you may experience muscle weakness and loss of coordination.
If your autonomic nerves are affected, you may develop:
Diabetic neuropathy is one of the complications of diabetes and is caused by high blood sugar, which can injure nerves throughout your body.
It most often affects sensory nerves in your legs and feet but can also cause problems with autonomic nerves, which may slow your digestive system (gastroparesis), cause issues with your heart and blood vessels, and create a wide variety of other serious conditions.
There are many therapies available to help control the effects of peripheral neuropathy. But the first step in effective treatment is identifying the extent of your nerve injury. Dr. Khan may use EMG and nerve conduction studies, skin nerve biopsies, or other diagnostic tests to evaluate your neuropathy.
He may also recommend:
If you’re having signs of peripheral neuropathy, make an appointment today at Arizona Institute of Neurology and Polysomnography.