Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) is a condition that causes chronic pain, numbness, or discomfort in the extremities. It occurs when diabetes damages the peripheral nerves or the nerves located outside the spinal cord or brain. At St Louis Pain Consultants, we offer pain management services for DPN, including peripheral nerve and spinal cord stimulation. Utilizing pain management treatments can alleviate pain and enhance your quality of life.
Pain Management for Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy
The physician who manages your diabetes may recommend medications, such as antidepressants or anti-seizure medications and possibly trying physical therapy to reduce pain stemming from diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Oftentimes, however, these measures do not provide adequate relief. At St. Louis Pain Consultants, we offer peripheral nerve and spinal cord stimulation for patients struggling with diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Both of these treatments interrupt pain signals before they can reach the brain, which relieves the pain. In peripheral nerve stimulation, a stimulator is used to target the specific nerve. In spinal cord stimulation, electrodes are placed next to the nerves carrying the pain signals.
Benefits of Utilizing Pain Management Services
Pain management services, such as peripheral nerve stimulation and spinal cord stimulation, help interrupt pain signals before they reach your brain. Taking advantage of these services can:
Enhance Your Quality of Life
The primary objective of our pain management treatments is to alleviate the chronic pain associated with various conditions. Our specialists target the nerves causing pain to interrupt the pain signal. Pain management treatments can enhance your quality of life by reducing or eliminating your pain and allowing you to return to your maximal activity level.
Prevent Long-term Disability
Peripheral nerve stimulation and spinal cord stimulation disrupt pain signals from specific nerves. Eliminating pain can potentially prevent complications such as further loss of sensation and muscle weakness. These treatments can help prevent long-term disability by treating the pain at its source and allowing you to complete your daily responsibilities.
For diabetic peripheral neuropathy, your provider may prescribe antidepressants such as nortriptyline or duloxetine or anti-seizure medications such as pregabalin (Lyria) or gabapentin (Neurontin). These medications can cause various side effects, including dizziness or nausea. By utilizing pain management treatments, you may be able to lower your dose or stop taking medications completely. Your provider can help you determine the best course of action to manage your medications and increase your pain relief.
Pain Management Services for Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy
Utilizing pain management services for diabetic peripheral neuropathy can help you manage your pain. This can improve your quality of life by alleviating pain and preventing long-term disability. Managing your pain can also allow you to take a lower dose of your medications or stop taking medication entirely. St. Louis Pain Consultants is one of the most trusted pain management facilities in the St. Louis, Missouri, and Maryville, Illinois, area. We specialize in treating chronic pain by identifying its source and using targeted treatment plans to address various conditions. Request an appointment today.
If you are living with chronic pain, seek help from St. Louis Pain Consultants.
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