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Managing Neuropathy: 5 Lifestyle Tips

Over 20 million Americans suffer from peripheral neuropathy, and this doesn't include undiagnosed or misdiagnosed cases. Peripheral neuropathy can manifest in a number of ways, many of which can directly affect your daily life. Managing your symptoms is key to coping with your condition. 

In Knoxville, Tennessee, we at Integrated Medical Solutions of Knoxville are working together with patients to find the best lifestyle changes and treatment for their neuropathy. Dr. David Shreve and Dr. Leigh Ricketts have experience identifying, treating, and alleviating symptoms of neuropathy. 

What is neuropathy? 

Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that affects the peripheral nerves, or the nerves outside the spine and brain. This can result in pain, loss of feeling, tingling, and other symptoms. There are different types of neuropathies and each manifests differently. 

Mononeuropathy refers to damage tracing back to a single nerve, usually caused by strain or trauma. Carpal tunnel is an example of this. Polyneuropathy affects multiple nerves and includes neuropathy caused by diabetes, alcohol abuse, and cancer. 

Symptoms and causes of neuropathy 

We deal with neuropathy on a case-by-case basis. Because a number of conditions can cause neuropathy with varying symptoms, you need personalized treatment. 

If you’re suffering from neuropathy, you might experience one or more of the following symptoms

Neuropathy treatment depends on the root condition, which might be: 

Regardless of the cause of your neuropathy, there are ways you can manage your symptoms while you treat the root issue. 

Tips for managing neuropathy

The lifestyle changes associated with neuropathy might range from simple things to large overhauls in your life. You can talk to us about what changes might be best for you, but here are five that might be on your list: 

Look into other forms of treatment, like chiropractic adjustments, topical creams, and acupuncture, all of which may help you manage pain and other symptoms of peripheral neuropathy. Regenerative medicine injections are also an option for those suffering from nerve damage. 

If you have peripheral neuropathy, medical treatment is crucial to managing your condition. You can get in touch with us at Integrated Medical Solutions of Knoxville by calling or requesting an appointment online.

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