Kent Smalley, M.D.
Addiction Medicine Specialist & Behavioral Neurology located in Edmond, OK
Neuropathy can affect many different nerves throughout your body and cause a broad range of symptoms, from excruciating pain to muscle weakness and dizziness. At Neurowellness Clinic, Kent Smalley, MD, has extensive experience identifying the cause of your neuropathy and providing integrative therapy that relieves your symptoms and helps stop nerve damage. If you develop neuropathy symptoms, call the office in Edmond, Oklahoma and serving the greater Oklahoma City area, or schedule an appointment using the online booking feature.
Neuropathy Q & A
What is neuropathy?
Neuropathy is a general term referring to any injury or disease that affects your nerves. However, neuropathy is typically synonymous with peripheral neuropathy, which is problems with the nerves outside the brain and spinal cord.
You may develop neuropathy following an injury or as a result of many possible health conditions such as:
- Bacterial and viral infections
- Autoimmune diseases
- Blood vessel disorders
- Kidney and liver disease
- Vitamin deficiencies
- Systemic lupus erythematosus
Diabetes is the top cause of neuropathy in the United States. It’s estimated that 60-70% of all patients with diabetes have mild-to-severe nerve damage resulting from high blood sugar levels.
What symptoms develop due to neuropathy?
When you have neuropathy, you can develop diverse symptoms, depending on the type of nerve that’s damaged.
Motor nerves carry messages from your brain to your muscles. If a motor nerve is damaged, you may have muscle cramps, weakness, and atrophy.
Sensory nerves pick up information from all parts of your body and send it to your brain. When these nerves are damaged, they typically cause pain, tingling, and numbness along the nerve.
These nerves automatically control body functions, including your heart rate, respiratory rate, body temperature, and digestion. As a result, the symptoms you develop depend on the body function affected by the damaged nerve.
How do you diagnose and treat neuropathy?
At your initial appointment, Dr. Smalley performs a thorough physical and neurological evaluation, followed by a range of blood tests or diagnostic procedures as needed. For your convenience, nerve conduction studies such as electromyography are available in the office.
Neuropathy treatment takes a two-pronged approach designed to manage the underlying cause of your nerve damage while also relieving your symptoms. Dr. Smalley may prescribe pain-relieving medications, inject steroids, or administer nerve blocks.
With a focus on integrative care, Dr. Smalley may recommend alternative therapies that improve your symptoms and promote your overall well-being. This could include nutritional supplements, mind-body techniques to promote relaxation, or therapeutic massage, to name just a few possibilities.
If you need comprehensive care for neuropathy, call Neurowellness Clinic or schedule an appointment online.