If you suffer from neuropathy, you understand the challenges that the condition brings to your daily life. At Tri-State Neurological & Sleep Disorder Center in Henderson, Nevada and Bullhead City, AZ, Muhammad Nayer MD offers compassionate and highly skilled care for neuropathy. Through state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment options, Dr. Nayer works in partnership with you to find relief from nerve damage and the resulting symptoms. Book your consultation today to get started either online or by phone.
Peripheral neuropathy is a medical term used to describe a collection of health issues related to damage of your peripheral nervous system. It’s an irreversible condition, but the symptoms can be managed through a combination of lifestyle modifications, dietary improvements, and treatments.
Your peripheral nervous system works by transmitting information from your spinal cord and brain (your central nervous system) to the rest of your body. The nerves in your peripheral nervous system extend to your organs, your limbs, and even your skin.
It’s not always possible to determine the exact cause of peripheral neuropathy. When causal factors can be identified, they include:
This is far from an exhaustive list, and your peripheral neuropathy could be caused by another condition.
The diagnostic process begins with a thorough health history and a discussion of your symptoms. Dr. Nayer then performs a neurological exam, which includes multiple tests of your muscle strength, nerve function, and sensory perception.
Electrodiagnostic testing also plays a role in diagnosing peripheral neuropathy. An electromyogram (EMG) measures the electrical activity in your muscles, and evaluates how quickly your body responds to nerve stimulation.
A nerve conduction velocity (NCV) test may be done at the same time, and measures the speed at which electrical impulses move through a nerve. Slower speeds indicate damage to the myelin sheath that coats your nerves.
Dr. Nayer creates a treatment plan for your specific set of needs, and your plan will likely contain a combination of treatments. Medications might play a role in addressing neuropathy symptoms. Some drugs work to soothe or numb nerve pain, others interfere with the chemical communications in your brain and spinal cord. Medication does carry a risk of side effects, and should be used conservatively.
Physical therapy can improve muscle strength, and assistive devices can help you move through your days with less discomfort. Lifestyle modification like increased exercise, smoking cessation, and healthy dietary choices can also yield impressive results.
If you’re ready to find answers for your nerve pain and functional issues, schedule an appointment with Dr. Nayer today. There’s a simple online scheduling tool, or you can reach the office by phone to set up your visit.