Neuropathy Specialist

Texas Pain Intervention Clinic

Ankit Maheshwari, MD

Interventional Pain Management located in McKinney, TX

Neuropathy, more simply called nerve pain, shows up as numbness, tingling, burning, or shooting pain. At Texas Pain Intervention Clinic in McKinney, Texas, interventional pain management physician Ankit Maheshwari, MD, and his experienced team diagnose and treat neuropathy. Their goal is to ease the pain and give you a better quality of life. Call the office to book an appointment or schedule one online today.

Neuropathy Q&A

What is neuropathy?

Neuropathy, including painful diabetic neuropathy, is pain caused by damage to your nerves. Nerve pain has a variety of causes, diabetes being one of the most common. Properly managing diabetes and neuropathy can reduce your pain and risk of serious complications. Contact Texas Intervention Clinic at the first sign of nerve pain.

What are the symptoms of neuropathy?

Common symptoms of neuropathy include:

  • Numbness
  • Prickling
  • Tingling
  • Burning
  • Jabbing
  • Throbbing pain
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Lack of coordination
  • Muscle weakness

Neuropathy can make you feel like you’re wearing socks or gloves when you’re not. The complications associated with untreated neuropathy include skin trauma, infections, and falls.

What are the risk factors for neuropathy?

Some things that increase your risk of developing neuropathy include:

  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Infections
  • Tumors
  • Genetics
  • Bone marrow disorders
  • Toxin exposure
  • Some medications
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Nerve pressure or injury
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Vitamin B deficiency
  • Repetitive motions

Healthy lifestyle habits like maintaining a healthy weight, eating nutritious foods, getting regular exercise, not smoking, and drinking alcohol only in moderation can lessen your chance of developing neuropathy.

How does my doctor diagnose neuropathy?

Dr. Maheshwari diagnoses peripheral neuropathy by reviewing your symptoms and medical history. He completes a physical exam, including a neurological exam. He might recommend that you undergo blood tests, nerve function tests, nerve or skin biopsies, as well as CT scans, MRIs, or other imaging procedures.

What are common neuropathy treatments?

Common treatments for neuropathy pain include:

Lifestyle changes

Take care of your feet, particularly if you have diabetes. Check for cuts, blisters, and other kinds of sores. Get regular exercise, don’t smoke, eat healthy foods, drink alcohol only in moderation, and check your blood sugar regularly if you have diabetes. Lose weight if you need to.

Medications

Oral medications help you better manage neuropathy and relieve nerve pain. Topical creams can help too. If you have diabetes, taking diabetes medications reduces your chance of developing neuropathy.

Physical therapy

Physical therapy can improve muscle movement when you have neuropathy. Wearing a foot brace can also help in some cases.

Electrical nerve stimulation

Dr. Maheshwari places electrodes on your skin to deliver gentle electrical currents. Doing so reduces nerve pain.

Plasma exchange

Plasma exchange can suppress immune system activity if you have an inflammatory condition. Your provider removes some of your blood, eliminates antibodies and other proteins, and returns the blood to your body.

Surgery

Surgery can reduce nerve pressure and neuropathy pain. While it’s usually the last resort, surgery is sometimes needed to give you the best results.

At the first sign of nerve pain, numbness, or tingling, call the Texas Pain Intervention Clinic or schedule an appointment online.