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Numbness, tingling, or burning pain caused by nerve damage is something you don’t have to live with daily. At the Dayton Center for Neurological Disorders (DCND), offering services to adults in Centerville, Springfield, Eaton, Wilmington, Hillsboro, Beavercreek, and Huber Heights, Ohio, the skilled neurology team diagnoses and treats neuropathy (nerve pain) to restore your quality of life and diminish further nerve damage. To receive a neuropathy evaluation at DCND, the first step is to procure a referral from your primary care physician. Then, the office will reach out to you to schedule an appointment. 

Neuropathy Q & A

What is neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition characterized by nerve damage, pain, or other bothersome symptoms when not treated. Neuropathy is a common condition, but it can become crippling in some cases. See the Dayton Center for Neurological Disorders team at the first sign of numbness, tingling, or other hallmark symptoms of nerve damage.

What are the symptoms of neuropathy?

Common symptoms of neuropathy include:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Numbness
  • Pain
  • Burning
  • Tingling
  • Changes in urination
  • Bowel problems
  • Digestion issues
  • Touch sensitivity 
  • Prickling
  • Jabbing or throbbing discomfort
  • Falls
  • Lack of coordination
  • Reduced mobility
  • Heat intolerance
  • Changes in sweating
  • Drops in blood pressure
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dizziness

Burning, numbness, or tingling associated with neuropathy commonly appears in the hands, arms, legs, or feet. Your symptoms may range in severity from mild to severe.

What are the risk factors for neuropathy?

The following causes and risk factors may increase your chance of having neuropathy:

  • Diabetes
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Lupus 
  • Other autoimmune diseases
  • Tumors
  • Infections
  • Inherited disorders
  • Family history of neuropathy
  • Bone marrow disorders
  • Kidney diseases
  • Liver diseases
  • Thyroid issues
  • Alcohol use disorder
  • Toxin exposure
  • Some medicines
  • Nerve injuries
  • Repetitive motions
  • Nutrient deficiencies 

Low levels of B vitamins, vitamin E, or copper may contribute to nerve problems. The cause of neuropathy isn’t always clear.

When not addressed, complications associated with the condition may include foot damage, infections, or falls.

Eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and avoiding smoking, toxin exposure, repetitive motions, and excessive alcohol may reduce your neuropathy risk.

How does my provider diagnose neuropathy?

The Dayton Center for Neurological Disorders team can diagnose neuropathy after discussing your medical history, lifestyle habits, medications, symptoms, and more. They complete physical and neurological exams and may order blood testing, nerve tests, or imaging procedures. You might need a nerve or skin biopsy. 

How is neuropathy treated?

Treatment for neuropathy includes treating its underlying cause and reducing discomfort. Your neurologist may suggest one or more of the following:

  • Diet or exercise changes
  • Healthy lifestyle changes
  • Dietary supplements
  • Medically supervised weight loss
  • Diabetes management
  • Medications 
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Scrambler therapy
  • Infusions
  • Neurology rehabilitation 
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Surgery

It’s important to follow up with the Dayton Center for Neurological Disorders team as often as needed to minimize bothersome symptoms and achieve the best quality of life possible. 

To receive a neuropathy evaluation at the Dayton Center for Neurological Disorders, the first step is to obtain a referral from your primary care physician. Then the DCND team will reach out to arrange an appointment.