About Neuropathy & Neuralgia
Neuropathy is a condition in which nerves become damaged or give out. Neuralgia is the chronic pain associated with Neuropathy. Sufferers experience distress in the nerves that is not caused by normal excitation of the pain receptors. The source of the pain can be caused by a number of different medical conditions.
Neuropathy can be caused by vitamin deficiencies (often, a lack of B vitamins), diseases such as HIV/AIDs, syphilis, Lyme disease and kidney disease, as well as chronic alcoholism. Chemotherapy can also damage the nerves, causing neuralgic discomfort. In addition, Neuropathy in the extremities is often cited as a common complication of Diabetes.
Two forms of neuralgia are recognized, peripheral neuralgia and central neuralgia. The abnormal pain response is thought to come from failures in the signals between nerves or damage to the processing function within the nerves themselves.
Symptoms & Diagnostics
Symptoms include: burning or tingling in the feet or feelings of numbness or pinching sensations. A physician will take a full medical history to determine if underlying problems are contributing to the neuralgia. Neurological tests will help to determine the extent and type of Neuropathy involved. Nerve conduction tests and nerve biopsies may also be done. Other blood, urine and radiologic tests can also help to make an accurate diagnosis of the problem.
Neuropathy & Neuralgia Pain Treatments
Managing any underlying medical conditions can help to reduce Neuropathy and Neuralgia discomfort. At Advanced Pain Care, we offer a wide range of Neuralgia Pain Treatment. One of our doctors can discuss treatment options following consultation. Your best first step is to Request an Appointment.