Neuropathy

Jacqueline Weisbein, DO -  - Pain Management Specialist

Jacqueline Weisbein, DO

Pain Management Specialist located in Napa, CA

Neuropathy affects 25%-30% of Americans, causing pain, numbness, and many other disruptive symptoms. If you’re concerned about neuropathy, make an appointment with Jacqueline Weisbein, DO, at her private practice in Napa, California. Dr. Weisbein diagnoses neuropathy and offers personalized treatment programs to address your specific needs. To schedule a consultation, call Dr. Weisbein or use the online booking tool.

Neuropathy Q & A

What is neuropathy?

Neuropathy, which is also referred to as peripheral neuropathy, occurs when your peripheral nerves are damaged. Your peripheral nerves are the nerves that extend from your spinal cord and spread through your body. They help you move, experience physical sensations, and control many of your body functions like your digestive and urinary systems.

Diabetes is one of the most common causes of neuropathy. However, a wide range of other conditions can also cause nerve damage, including:

  • Autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus
  • Infections such as Epstein-Barr virus and Lyme disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Thyroid disease
  • Bone marrow disorders
  • Tumors
  • Alcoholism
  • Trauma

Getting treatment for neuropathy is critical as the condition can lead to complications, including burns, skin ulcers, infections, and loss of balance.

What are the symptoms of neuropathy?

The symptoms of neuropathy vary, depending on the type of nerve that’s damaged. For example, if your sensory or motor nerves are damaged, you may notice:

  • Pain
  • Numbness
  • Tingling or electrical sensations
  • Weakness
  • Loss of balance
  • Inability to hold or grasp objects
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Feeling like you’re wearing gloves or socks 

However, if your autonomic nerves are damaged, you may find that you become sensitive to heat and either sweat too much or too little. You may develop bladder or bowel problems, or your blood pressure may change. 

How is neuropathy diagnosed?

During your consultation, Dr. Weisbein asks about your symptoms, overall health, and lifestyle. She also performs a neurological assessment, checking your reflexes, coordination, and sensitivity to touch. Dr. Weisbein also orders blood tests, MRIs, and nerve function tests to gather more information to inform your diagnosis. 

How is neuropathy treated?

Treatment for neuropathy depends on your symptoms and how they’re affecting your health. Dr. Weisbein understands that your experience with pain is unique and works with you to create a treatment plan to alleviate your symptoms and restore your quality of life. Some of the therapies that she may include in your program include:

  • Medication
  • Topical treatments
  • Physical therapy
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Nerve blocks
  • Spinal cord stimulation

If you’re concerned about neuropathy, call Dr. Weisbein or schedule a consultation online today. She can help design a customized treatment plan that can reduce your pain and restore your quality of life.