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How Does a Doctor Diagnose Peripheral Neuropathy?

Chances are, if you're reading this, you already have reason to believe you may have peripheral neuropathy. But thinking you may have a condition and being diagnosed are two different things. Wouldn't it be better to know for sure? If you're considering seeing your doctor for a peripheral neuropathy diagnosis but are hesitant or fearful because you don't know what to expect, relax. Here's what you can expect when seeing your physician for a peripheral neuropathy diagnosis.

First, your physician will take your medical history to see if you have any relevant risk factors for peripheral neuropathy, such as diabetes, shingles, fibromyalgia or if you have undergone chemotherapy in the past. Often, you may have an underlying condition that is causing your peripheral neuropathy that may or may not be diagnosed during this process.

Next, your doctor may require some lab tests or blood work to verify any suspected conditions, such as diabetes. Your doctor may require you to see a specialist for further verification of any of these conditions. You may also require some genetic testing if there are genetic conditions that cause peripheral neuropathy in your family, such as Charcot-Marie-Tooth, or CMT, disease.

Next, your doctor will want to test your actual nerve function. This can be done by both neuropathy tests or by physiologic tests. Neuropathy tests usually consist of checking the appearance of the nerves via nerve biopsy or via neurodiagnostic skin biopsy. A nerve biopsy is done by taking a small sample of nerve tissue from the sural nerve (located in your lower leg). Nerve biopsies themselves can cause nerve damage, however, so though accurate, this test is not used as frequently. A neurodiagnostic skin biopsy carries a much lower risk of nerve damage and only removes a 3mm piece of skin under local anesthesia.

You may also undergo autonomic testing such as QSART, CT scan or an MRI, or even a muscle and nerve ultrasound, depending on the circumstances.

Once you have a peripheral neuropathy diagnosis, you can begin to research treatment options. Currently, there is no cure for peripheral neuropathy, nor is there a specific medication that can be taken for it. Most doctors treat the multitude of peripheral neuropathy symptoms with medication. Unfortunately, this is only a temporary fix, and it may not even work that well. Many medications also have dangerous side effects and can even be habit-forming.

At Restore Wellness Center, our peripheral neuropathy treatments are not only natural and drug-free, but they are also much better tolerated than most medications, and the results last much longer.

To learn more about how Dr. Nathan Weller and Restore Wellness Center can help treat your peripheral neuropathy symptoms, please give us a call today at 480-751-1629.

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