Peripheral neuropathy affects nerves throughout your body, causing symptoms that range from pain and muscle weakness to a rapid heartbeat. If you have neuropathic pain that doesn’t improve with medical therapies, it’s time to meet with the multidisciplinary team at Texas Mind Science in Richardson and Flower Mound, Texas. They offer innovative treatments such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) that may significantly relieve pain caused by peripheral neuropathy. To learn about TMS, call one of the offices or book an appointment online.
Neuropathy refers to any type of injury or disease that affects your nerves. Peripheral neuropathy occurs in your peripheral nerves, which includes all the nerves except your brain and spinal cord.
Peripheral neuropathy can develop due to pinched nerves, toxins, medications, and numerous health conditions, including:
Diabetes is responsible for 30% of all cases of peripheral neuropathy.
Your symptoms depend on the type of peripheral nerve that’s damaged. If more than one type is affected, you can have a broad range of symptoms.
Motor nerves carry information from your brain to your muscles. Damaged motor nerves cause muscle symptoms such as cramps, weakness, and atrophy.
Sensory nerves send information from all areas of your body to your brain. When they’re damaged, they cause pain, tingling, burning, and numbness.
Autonomic nerves control all of your vital body functions, including breathing, digestion, and your heart rate. You can develop any number of symptoms when your autonomic nerves are damaged, from excessive sweating to a rapid heartbeat.
Whenever possible, treatment begins by taking care of the underlying medical condition responsible for your peripheral neuropathy, giving damaged nerves time to heal on their own.
Your provider may prescribe medications to relieve your pain and other symptoms, or they may suggest a nerve block to stop the nerve signals.
If your pain that doesn’t improve with conservative treatments, your provider at Texas Mind Science may recommend transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) using the innovative CloudTMS™ machine.
Studies show that TMS relieves general neuropathic pain and provides significant relief for pain caused by diabetic neuropathy.
TMS uses magnetic pulses to activate areas of your brain associated with pain. As magnetic stimulation increases neurotransmitters and improves nerve communication, your pain improves.
While you relax in a chair, the TMS coil is placed near your head in a position that targets the pain area of your brain. Then the CloudTMS machine sends out magnetic pulses that painlessly travel into your brain to activate nerves.
Your session lasts 20-40 minutes and during that time you hear clicking and feel light tapping. Most patients have five sessions each week for 4-6 weeks, a protocol that produces longer-lasting results.
To learn more about your treatment options for peripheral neuropathy, call Texas Mind Science or schedule an appointment online.