Axis Spine and Pain
Board Certified Pain Medicine & Board Certified Anesthesiology located in Macon, GA & Warner Robins, GA
Neuropathic pain and other symptoms can interfere with your regular activities and reduce your quality of life. Being able to manage this pain is an integral part of improving your physical and emotional well-being overall. Medications don’t always provide adequate relief from these symptoms. At Axis Spine and Pain, Board-certified physicians offer safe and effective treatments for patients in Macon and Warner Robins, Georgia, who suffer from neuropathy.
Neuropathy Q & A
What is diabetic neuropathy?
It refers to nerve damage that occurs when you have trouble keeping your blood sugar levels in a healthy range. When you have diabetic neuropathy, you might experience a wide range of symptoms, depending on which nerves it affects.
Some symptoms that could occur in the affected areas include:
- Sharp pain
- A burning sensation
- Weak muscles
What causes diabetic neuropathy?
You might have this condition when your blood sugar levels are consistently high over an extended period. Elevated blood sugar makes it harder for your nerves to send signals back and forth.
You might also have a higher risk of diabetic neuropathy if you smoke, experience nerve inflammation, or have specific genetic factors.
What is trigeminal neuralgia?
Trigeminal neuralgia is a condition that occurs when you have problems with your trigeminal nerve. That's the nerve that sends signals to and from your face and brain. When you have this condition, you might experience the following symptoms:
- Sudden shooting pain
- Pain that flares up when you chew, talk, or even touch your face
- A constant burning sensation in the affected area
- Pain that only affects one area or pain that’s more widespread
- Sudden bouts of pain that start to occur more often and get more severe
What causes trigeminal neuralgia?
You can develop trigeminal neuralgia from anything that affects your trigeminal nerve. Potential causes include changes in this nerve from the aging process, multiple sclerosis or another underlying condition that affects your nerves, or facial trauma.
What treatments are available for neuropathy?
Treatment options for diabetic neuropathy sometimes include anti-seizure medications for relieving pain, as well as keeping blood sugar levels under control. Treatments for trigeminal neuralgia include anticonvulsant medications that help block nerve signals.
If these treatments aren’t effective, Axis Spine and Pain offers nonsurgical options for pain relief, such as spinal cord stimulation.
What is spinal cord stimulation?
This type of treatment involves the use of a spinal cord stimulator that emits electrical pulses on demand. When you have this treatment, your doctor implants a special device in your spinal area.
This device, which you control, delivers electrical pulses that stop pain signals from going up to your brain. However, the physicians at Axis Spine and Pain first determine if you’re a suitable candidate for this treatment before they get you started on it.
If you need effective relief from neuropathic pain, please contact Axis Spine and Pain to set up an appointment.