Neuropathy Specialist

Blackhawk TMS -  - Mental Health Clinic

Blackhawk TMS

Mental Health Clinic & Psychiatrists located in Danville, CA & Napa, CA

Neuropathy comes in many forms and has many possible causes, but if you have any kind of neuropathy, the pain and debility can have a devastating effect on your life. At Blackhawk TMS, the highly skilled team of mental health experts offers an alternative solution to treating neuropathy for patients in the Danville and Napa areas of California. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a noninvasive treatment that is far safer than medication. If you have neuropathic pain or any form of neuropathy, TMS could provide genuine relief from your symptoms, so call Blackhawk TMS today, or book an appointment online.

Neuropathy Q & A

What is neuropathy?

Neuropathy means nerve damage, symptoms of which differ according to the specific function of the affected nerve.

Autonomic nerves control your involuntary bodily functions, such as digestion and blood pressure. Sensory nerves receive signals from the skin that tell your brain whether something is hot, cold, painful and so on, and motor nerves control the movements of your muscles.

Autonomic neuropathy causes problems such as:

  • Orthostatic hypertension (dizziness or fainting when standing up)
  • Urinary problems
  • Sexual problems
  • Digestive dysfunction.
  • Problems regulating body temperature.
  • Exercise intolerance

Peripheral neuropathy affects the nerves that relay information to and from the spinal cord and brain to the rest of the body. It can cause stabbing, burning, or tingling pain despite there being no damage to any tissues, and a feeling of numbness, tingling, or prickling that comes on slowly.

You may also experience symptoms such as having an extreme reaction to being touched, or difficulties with balance and coordination. If any motor nerves are affected, you might have problems with muscle weakness or possibly paralysis.

What causes neuropathy?

There’s no single cause for neuropathy, as it is most often a symptom of one of a range of health problems or causal factors, such as:

  • Vitamin B and E deficiencies
  • Sjogren's syndrome
  • Lupus
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome
  • Necrotizing vasculitis
  • Diabetes
  • Exposure toxic substances like heavy metals or chemicals.
  • Chemotherapy drugs
  • Lyme disease
  • Shingles
  • Epstein-Barr virus
  • Hepatitis C
  • HIV
  • Tumors
  • Inherited disorders such as Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease
  • Bone marrow disorders
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Connective tissue disorders
  • Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)
  • Pressure on a nerve or traumatic damage

In some cases, neuropathy is idiopathic, which means the cause can’t be found.

What treatments are available for neuropathy?

Treating the underlying condition can in many instances reduce the effects of neuropathy, so it’s important to have an accurate diagnosis if there is one to be found.

Medications such as NSAIDs, prescription painkillers, anti-seizure medications, and tricyclic antidepressants can help with neuropathic pain. You can also try topical treatments such as capsaicin cream or Lidocaine patches for localized neuropathic pain.

There’s a range of other therapies that may help with neuropathy, including physical therapy, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), plasma exchange therapy, and intravenous immune globulin therapy.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) can also be a highly effective tool for treating neuropathy, with the advantage that it’s much safer than medication. To find out more, call Blackhawk TMS today, or book an appointment online.