Neuropathy Specialist

S. Justin Badiyan, MD -  - Board Certified Pain Management & Board Certified Anesthesiology

Integrative Pain & Spine

S. Justin Badiyan, MD

Board Certified Pain Management & Board Certified Anesthesiology located in Frisco, TX & Lewisville, TX

If you're experiencing chronic, persistent pain in widespread areas of your body, you may have a condition known as peripheral neuropathy. This condition can make it difficult for you to go about your day and you may experience frequent falls. At Integrative Pain & Spine in Frisco and Lewisville, Texas, Dr. Badiyan offers effective pain management solutions to alleviate nerve pain in all areas of your body. To learn more about managing the pain of neuropathy, schedule an evaluation online or by phone.

Neuropathy Q & A

What is peripheral neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that results from damage to your peripheral nerves in your hands and feet. The peripheral nervous system is responsible for sending information from your brain and spinal cord to other areas of your body.

Peripheral neuropathy can be the result of other conditions, including but not limited to:

  • Diabetes
  • Infections
  • Alcoholism
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Metabolic dysfunction
  • Traumatic injuries

You may experience neuropathy in one or more types of nerves affecting different areas of your body at the same time, resulting in widespread pain.

What are the symptoms of neuropathy?

If you have peripheral neuropathy, you may feel persistent stabbing pain in the affected area that starts gradually and worsens over time. Other symptoms depend on the type of nerve damage you have and may include:

  • Numbness or tingling in your hands, feet, legs, or arms
  • Extreme sensitivity to touch and temperature differences
  • Frequent falls
  • Muscle weakness or paralysis
  • Difficulty with walking or coordination

If neuropathy affects your autonomic nervous system, you may have other symptoms such as blood pressure issues that cause dizziness, or trouble with your bladder or bowels.

Chronic, persistent pain of neuropathy can also cause other physical and emotional issues, including permanent nerve damage and anxiety without an effective plan for pain management.

How is neuropathy diagnosed?

Dr. Badiyan performs a full physical evaluation and discusses your symptoms. He performs a neurological exam to determine your muscle strength, reflexes, and coordination. Certain tests can help confirm a neuropathy diagnosis, including:

  • Blood work
  • Imaging tests
  • Nerve function tests

What treatments are available for neuropathy?

Depending on the condition of your nerves and the location of pain, Dr. Badiyan may recommend one or more treatments to manage the pain from neuropathy. These treatments may include steroid injections to reduce the irritation and inflammation of affected nerves and alleviate pain.

Dr. Badiyan may also use local anesthetics to provide immediate pain relief. A nerve block may be useful in targeting affected nerves and disrupting their communication with the brain. Nerve blocks are often most effective when a single nerve, or a small group of nerves, are the root cause of your chronic pain. They can provide immediate relief.

Dr. Badiyan will optimize your medication regimen to treat your neuropathy pain. Spinal cord stimulation has also been shown to be a very effective treatment for pain due to nerve damage or peripheral neuropathy.

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