Neuropathy

Pain Management of Oklahoma

Pain Management Physicians located in Broken Arrow, OK & Sand Springs, OK

With neuropathy, it’s common to experience muscle weakness, combined with shooting, electrical sensations, which can become debilitating. If you suffer from neuropathy, Brent Henderson, DO, and Jeff Halford, DO, provide highly effective treatment solutions at Pain Management of Oklahoma in Broken Arrow, Sand Springs, Sallisaw, Grove, McAlester, and Bartlesville, Oklahoma. To get started on your neuropathy treatment, book an evaluation by calling any clinic directly to schedule a visit.

Neuropathy Q & A

What causes neuropathy?

Your nerves are responsible for communicating messages to and from your brain and spinal cord — your central nervous system. When you have neuropathy, though, nerves become damaged, leading to serious pain and even numbness. 

In most cases, neuropathy occurs because of diabetes (diabetic neuropathy). Frequent blood sugar spikes can damage and destroy your nerves, as well as other tissues in your body. But diabetes isn’t the only cause of neuropathy. This condition can also occur because of:

  • Alcoholism
  • Toxin exposure 
  • Trauma or injury 
  • Bone marrow disorders
  • Underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism)
  • Autoimmune disease, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis
  • Viral or bacterial infections, including shingles and Lyme disease 

Sometimes vitamin deficiencies are to blame, too. Having low levels of vitamin E or certain B vitamins can increase your risk of neuropathy. 

How does a doctor diagnose neuropathy?

Determining why you have neuropathy is important to find a treatment that prevents further nerve damage. To properly diagnose you, Dr. Henderson or Dr. Halford gathers information about your personal and family medical history. 

They may also conduct a neurological exam to check your strength and reflexes, in addition to performing a nerve function test (electromyography). Occasionally, imaging tests, like an X-ray, as well as blood tests or nerve biopsies are also necessary.

Dr. Henderson or Dr. Halford also needs to know about all of the symptoms you experience, which may include:

  • Poor coordination
  • Sexual dysfunction 
  • Numbness or prickling
  • Urinary or fecal incontinence
  • Sharp, jabbing, burning pain
  • Abnormal electrical sensations
  • Muscle weakness and difficulty holding objects

Neuropathy is even known for making it feel like you’re wearing socks or gloves, when in reality, nothing is there. In more severe cases, neuropathy can lead to paralysis. Before your neuropathy worsens any further, schedule an exam at Pain Management of Oklahoma to get started on treatment. 

What is the treatment for neuropathy?

Treating neuropathy often involves pairing the right type of medication with lifestyle changes and alternative treatments. Dr. Henderson or Dr. Halford may recommend any of the following nerve pain medications and treatments:

  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Antiseizure medications 
  • Certain antidepressants 
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)

The doctors at Pain Management of Oklahoma may also recommend topical numbing creams, massage therapy, and regular, moderate exercise to lessen your neuropathy discomfort. 

Pain Management of Oklahoma offers research-driven neuropathy treatments. Find out more information by booking an exam online or by phone with the office nearest you today.