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Neuropathy Specialist

Dr. Milton Chávez

Family Medicine & Pain & Sports Medicine Specialist located in Wicker Park, Chicago, IL

If you’re having trouble performing daily tasks or notice strange sensations such as tingling in your hands or feet, you could have neuropathy, which affects more than half of patients with diabetes and 2-8% of the general population. The procedural medicine specialists at the Wicker Park, Chicago, office of Dr. Milton Chávez MD, SC offer innovative, science-backed therapies to alleviate neuropathy pain and heal damaged nerves with regenerative medicine. To find out how to get relief from your neuropathy, call the office or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Chávez.

Neuropathy Q & A

What is neuropathy?

Neuropathy, also called peripheral neuropathy, is nerve damage. When one or more of your nerves is damaged, they can’t send or receive signals properly anymore, resulting in a wide variety of symptoms. The three classifications of neuropathy are:

Motor neuropathy

Motor neuropathy affects the muscles that you consciously move to perform your regular tasks and movements, such as walking, running, pickup up objects, and even talking.

Sensory neuropathy

Sensory neuropathy affects the nerves that transmit sensations and feelings, such as textures, heat, cold, and pain.

Autonomic neuropathy

Autonomic neuropathy affects the nerves in your autonomic nervous system which controls unconscious functions, such as breathing, digestion, and pumping blood through the heart. 

What are the symptoms of neuropathy?

Because so many different types of nerves can be affected, neuropathy has a wide variety of symptoms. You may also have more than one type of neuropathy at a time. Common symptoms include:

Motor neuropathy

  • Weakness
  • Difficulty moving arms or legs
  • Muscle cramps or spasms
  • Difficult holding or grasping
  • Falling
  • Inability to move a body part

Sensory neuropathy

  • Tingling
  • Burning sensations
  • Unexplained pain
  • Lack of sensitivity to pain or pressure
  • Numbness in hands or feet
  • Loss of coordination
  • Loss of reflexes
  • Feeling like you’re wearing socks or gloves

Autonomic neuropathy

  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Abnormal heart rate or blood pressure
  • Decreased perspiration
  • Problems urinating
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Digestive problems

Women and men with diabetes are especially prone to sensory neuropathy in their feet. Diabetic neuropathy in the feet prevents you from noticing you’ve injured yourself, possibly leading to infection, gangrene, and amputation. Diabetic neuropathy in the eyes can cause blindness.

How do doctors treat neuropathy?

At the Chicago offices of Dr. Milton Chávez MD, SC, founder Dr. Chávez diagnoses neuropathy through physical examinations, blood tests, nerve function tests, and nerve or skin biopsies. Based on their findings, they may recommend therapies such as:

  • Regenerative medicine to repair or regrow nerves
  • Nerve block injections to control pain and inflammation
  • Anti-seizure medications
  • Antidepressants to control nerve pain
  • Topical or oral pain killers
  • Physical therapy to increase strength
  • Lifestyle changes that support your overall health

Restore function and alleviate pain by getting neuropathy treatment at Dr. Milton Chávez MD, SC. Book an appointment by calling the friendly staff or using the online form.