Neuropathy is a general medical term used to describe conditions that develop due to damaged peripheral nerves. It’s estimated that more than 20 million Americans suffer from some type of neuropathy. Though symptoms can vary depending on the type of nerves affected, neuropathic pain is a common complaint. At Green Leaf MD, the pain management specialists, which include medical marijuana certifying doctor Shawn Stranckmeyer, MD, can talk to you about natural and alternative treatments to help manage your neuropathic pain. Call the office in Springfield, Missouri, or request an appointment online today.
Neuropathy refers to medical conditions that occur when your peripheral nerves have been damaged or destroyed. Your peripheral nerves are the nerves that connect your brain and spinal cord to the rest of your body, including your limbs and organs.
The nerve damage may develop from many causes, including an injury, a vascular issue that affects blood supply, or an autoimmune disorder in which your immune system attacks the nerves. However, diabetes is the most common cause of neuropathy.
Your peripheral nervous system is comprised of three types of nerves, and your neuropathy symptoms depend on the type of nerve that’s been damaged. The nerves and their symptoms include:
Sensory nerves are responsible for relaying sensations from your body to your brain. If sensory nerves are damaged, you may feel tingling, pain, or numbness.
Your motor nerves control muscle function and coordination. Damage to these nerves may cause muscle wasting or weakness, as well as painful muscle cramps.
Your autonomic nerves are responsible for regulating the organs and systems you don’t have to think about, such as digestion, blood pressure, and body temperature. If your autonomic nerves are damaged, you may experience digestion problems, uncontrolled sweating, or changes in blood pressure.
If you have a neuropathic condition, it’s not unusual for all three types of nerves to be affected in some way.
Treatment for neuropathy may depend on the type of nerve damage and the location, as well as your symptoms and the underlying cause. Your treatment may include medication, surgery, and/or use of a transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator (TENS) unit.
According to the Missouri Medical Marijuana law, neuropathies are a qualifying diagnosis for the use of medical marijuana. The experienced team at Green Leaf MD can determine if you would benefit from medical marijuana during a comprehensive evaluation.
Though research is still in its infancy, medical marijuana may alleviate neuropathic pain. The natural therapy may also improve depression and anxiety, which are common symptoms that develop in those with neuropathy.
To learn more about your natural treatment options for neuropathy, call the Green Leaf MD office, or select the online booking button to schedule an appointment today.