Neuropathy Specialist

Ihab Labatia, MD -  - Board Certified Pain Management Physician

Hillcrest Pain and Spine

Ihab Labatia, MD

Board Certified Pain Management Physician & Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation located in Lexington, KY

If numbness, tingling, or burning pain due to neuropathy negatively affects your quality of life, turn to Hillcrest Pain and Spine in Lexington, Kentucky. Board-certified pain management physician Ihab Labatia, MD, and his expert team offer a variety of neuropathy treatments to reduce unpleasant symptoms and the risk of disease progression. Call the office to book an appointment or schedule one online today.

Neuropathy Q & A

What is neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition that occurs with nerve damage. It can cause unpleasant, even debilitating, symptoms when left untreated. The experts at Hillcrest Pain and Spine diagnose and treat neuropathy pain to give you a better quality of life.

What are the symptoms of neuropathy?

Common signs and symptoms linked with neuropathy include:

  • Pain
  • Weakness
  • Numbness
  • Prickling
  • Tingling 
  • Digestive problems
  • Urination issues 
  • Circulation problems
  • Jabbing or throbbing pain
  • Burning discomfort
  • Falling or lack of coordination
  • Feeling like you’re wearing gloves
  • Paralysis in some cases
  • Heat intolerance
  • Excessive sweating or lack of sweating
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness


At the first sign of neuropathy, see Dr. Labatia for an evaluation as early detection and treatment can give you the best outcome.

What are common causes of neuropathy?

Neuropathy can happen to anyone, but common causes and risk factors include:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Other autoimmune diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Infections
  • Inherited disorders
  • Bone marrow problems
  • Tumors
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Thyroid problems
  • Connective tissue disorders
  • Alcoholism
  • Toxin exposure
  • Nerve injuries
  • Medications
  • Vitamin deficiencies


Additional risk factors include repetitive motions, family history of neuropathy, lack of exercise, and poor dietary habits.

How does my doctor diagnose neuropathy?

To find out if you have neuropathy and develop an effective treatment, Dr. Labatia discusses your symptoms, reviews your medical history, and completes a physical exam that includes a neurological examination. He may order blood tests, nerve function testing, CT scans, MRIs, nerve biopsies, or skin biopsies to make a final diagnosis.

How is neuropathy treated?

Common neuropathy treatments include:

Lifestyle changes

Things you can do at home to support nerve health include controlling blood sugar if you have diabetes, getting regular exercise, eating healthy foods, not smoking, and avoiding excessive alcohol intake.

Medications

Taking medicines can reduce unpleasant neuropathy symptoms and the risk of disease progression. 

Nerve stimulation

Nerve stimulation delivers electric currents to nerves to improve their functioning.

Physical therapy

Stretches and exercises can reduce muscle weakness and improve movement and balance. Dr. Labatia may recommend you also wear a hand or foot brace.

Surgery

If neuropathy results from nerve pressure, Dr. Labatia will recommend surgery.

If you suspect you have neuropathy or you've been diagnosed with it and want relief, call the Hillcrest Pain and Spine office or schedule an appointment online today.