Tom Macek, MD
Board Certified Pain Management & Board Certified Anesthesiology located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, as many as 20 million Americans are believed to have some form of neuropathy. For those living in and around Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Dr. Tom Macek is a valued resource for addressing the pain that comes with neuropathy. To learn more about nerve pain treatment, book an appointment with Dr. Macek today. Online scheduling is available, or you can call the office.
What is neuropathy?
Neuropathy, also referred to as peripheral neuropathy, is used to describe health issues related to your peripheral nerves. Your brain and spinal cord make up your central nervous system. The peripheral nervous system is made up of all the nerves that connect your central nervous system to all other areas of your body.
When any of these nerves are irritated or damaged, neuropathy can occur.
What can cause neuropathy?
There are many potential causes, including:
- Autoimmune conditions
- Kidney failure
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Certain infectious diseases
- Nutritional deficiencies
In many cases, there are no clear causes. This type of neuropathy is called idiopathic peripheral neuropathy.
What are the symptoms of neuropathy?
No two individuals share the exact same symptoms of neuropathy, and symptoms can mimic other conditions. Some possible signs of neuropathy include:
- Sensitivity to touch
- Muscle weakness
- Isolated areas of paralysis
- Sensations of burning, tingling, prickling, or numbness
- Organ dysfunction
- Urinary incontinence
- Sexual dysfunction
You should schedule an appointment with Dr. Macek any time you experience changes in pain level, unusual sensations, or altered bodily function.
What treatments are available for neuropathy?
Your treatment depends on the exact cause of your nerve pain. Treating the underlying condition is the best way to find lasting relief. Losing excess weight, maintaining a healthy diet, and getting exercise can relieve nerve pain and improve all areas of your health and wellness.
If a physical condition is causing nerve damage, Dr. Macek focuses on relieving that source of strain. Your treatment might consist of a combination of:
- Physical or occupational therapy
- Plasma exchange
- Intravenous immune globulin
Dr. Macek may also use transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. This treatment uses a battery operated device to send low-voltage electric current through the targeted area. That current disrupts your body’s ability to send pain signals from your injury site to your brain.
In some cases, surgery is the best way to relieve neuropathy pain. To learn more about the treatment path that’s right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Macek today, either by phone or online.