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Peripheral Neuropathy

Your peripheral nerves are the nerves that extend outside of your brain and spinal cord. These include all the nerves that run through your face, abdomen, arms and legs. When these nerves are damaged, you experience peripheral neuropathy.

Your peripheral nerves experience dozens of sensations such as pressure, temperature and pain. They send these sensations as messages to your brain so you can react by dropping something hot or adjusting how you walk according to what surface you are walking on. Peripheral nerves also regulate vital bodily functions such as digestion, heart rate, blood pressure, sexual function and bladder control.

When nerves become damaged, signals cannot be sent to your brain or are jumbled. This can cause a wide array of symptoms, such as numbness, tingling, weakness or sensitivity. In some cases, symptoms become severe, causing intense burning pain, paralysis or loss of muscle tissue. Depending on the location of nerve damage, you may even experience problems with organ function.

However, in most cases peripheral neuropathy begins in the outermost nerves, such as those in your feet and hands. If you notice tingling, numbness or pain in these areas, speak to your physician about your symptoms. Treatment or management of conditions causing your peripheral neuropathy can slow or stop its progression. Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, such as pain or disability, are also treated to improve your quality of life.

When your life is disrupted by chronic pain from peripheral neuropathy, Indiana University Health Pain Management physicians work with you to find pain relief. Our physicians understand how pain affects your life and keeps you from enjoying the things you love. We are dedicated to offering advanced pain therapies, from medicines to nerve stimulation, to help you control your pain.

Our fellowship-trained physicians have years of experience treating a wide range of chronic pain conditions. We use comprehensive treatment plans that are individualized to meet your needs and improve your quality of life. Our highly skilled physicians provide the latest treatments to reduce or eliminate your pain and allow you to participate more fully in your daily activities.

How We Can Help

How We Can Help

Peripheral Neuropathy Treatment Information

We offer a wide range of pain management options for the treatment of peripheral neuropathy, including:

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