At Integrated Pain Consultants, many patients are referred to the clinic because they’ve been diagnosed with neuropathy or “nerve pain.” However, they’re rarely educated on what exactly that means or what kind of neuropathy they have. Neuropathy is an umbrella term that includes a number of diseases and ailments. Nerves all throughout the body can be damaged, either by injury or disease. Diabetes is one of the most common causes of disease-induced neuropathy and is sometimes called diabetic neuropathy.
Type-2 diabetes (or late-onset diabetes) is a relatively common disease in the United States. It can be accompanied by a host of pains, including nerve pain. In fact, diabetes is the most common cause of neuropathy in the U.S. You have a higher chance of being diagnosed with diabetic neuropathy with both age and how long you’ve had diabetes. For those who have had diabetes for many years, who are overweight, who struggle with controlling diabetes, and those with high blood pressure and/or elevated lipids, the chances of diabetic neuropathy increase.
Fortunately, there are many treatment options for nerve pain. Patients with elevated risks of neuropathy via excess weight should complement nerve pain treatment with a healthy diet and exercise regimen to reduce weight. This should include working with a team of medical professionals including alternative care providers as well as a general physician and perhaps a nutritionist.
Integrated Pain Consultants specializes in nerve pain treatment. One of the most popular treatments is radiofrequency ablation, a non-invasive treatment that uses radiofrequency to lessen the pain associated with nerve damage. Spinal cord stimulation is a fast and often effective out-patient option that can offer immediate pain relief. There are also epidural steroid injections. Treating the pain is just as important as treating the root cause. Type-2 diabetes may be reversible, though it depends on the patient. However, when the pain is debilitating, the nerve pain can be just as debilitating as diabetes.
If you’ve been diagnosed with nerve pain, there’s no need to live with the pain or become dependent on dangerous and addictive prescription drugs. Call Integrated Pain Consultants today at 480-626-2552 and schedule your consultation. We also invite you to learn more about Dr. Nikesh Seth and other providers including Dr. Anne-Marie Cosijns, Dr. Michael Givens, and our team of Nurse Practitioners.