Many patients ask me, “Doc, how come I have this burning and tingling pain that just won't go away?”
My first thought is: It’s Neuropathy.
Neuropathy occurs due to damage to nerves. This damage can occur from a number of disease conditions. Although burning and tingling are common symptoms they are not the only changes that occur. Because nerves control our entire body, damage to nerves also affects sensation, movement, gland or organ function, and other aspects of health, depending on the type of nerve affected.
Common causes of neuropathy include systemic diseases such as diabetes, vitamin deficiency, medications, traumatic injury, as well as excessive alcohol consumption.
There are tests that can be performed to confirm if you have neuropathy or if your neuropathy is getting worse. Although many times the numbness may be permanent there are medications and therapies that help control the symptoms. If you think that you may have neuropathy, call your doctor and start on the path to relieving your symptoms today.