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Neuropathy Specialist

Hawaii Pain & Spine

Jonathan D. Carlson, MD

Pain Management Physician and Interventional Pain Specialist located on Windward, Oahu

Neuropathy is the medical term for nerve dysfunction, a condition that means you feel pain and other unpleasant sensations even when nothing harms you. If you’re experiencing pain that seems to have no cause, it could be a form of neuropathy, which Jonathan D. Carlson, MD, double board-certified interventional pain specialist at Hawai'i Pain & Spine in the Windward area of Kailua, Hawai'i, can help with. Dr. Carlson is a leading expert in neuropathy. If you have pain that won’t go away, call today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.

Neuropathy Q & A

What is neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition that causes pain and altered physical sensations because of damage and dysfunction affecting your peripheral nerves. These nerves carry signals to your central nervous system (CNS), which consists of your spinal cord and brain. 

Peripheral nerves send information from all over your body. As well as pain, the nerves can send signals that cause feelings such as:

  • Burning
  • Prickling sensations
  • Tingling
  • Pins and needles
  • Increased sensitivity to touch
  • Numbness

The peripheral nerves perform an essential service that keeps you safe and protected. It’s the signals from your peripheral nerves that warn you when you’re too close to a fire, for example, or that you’ve got a thorn in your skin.

Feeling pain or other uncomfortable sensations make you react to remove the source of your discomfort and tend to any damage, thereby keeping you safe. If you have neuropathy, these signals are coming through from your nerves without any reason other than that the nerves are malfunctioning.

What causes neuropathy?

Neuropathy can develop for many reasons. There are a number of diseases that frequently cause neuropathy, such as:

  • Celiac disease
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease
  • Guillain-Barré syndrome
  • HIV-associated peripheral sensory neuropathy
  • Hormonal disorders
  • Kidney failure
  • Lupus
  • Peripheral nerve injury pain
  • Postherpetic neuralgia
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Trigeminal neuralgia

Neuropathy can develop because of nerve damage and faulty regrowth after a serious illness or injury, and cancer patients may get chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy. 

Certain infectious diseases, poisons, nutrient deficiencies, alcoholism, and repetitive stress from your job or sports can all cause neuropathy. If Dr. Carlson can’t find any cause for your condition, it’s termed idiopathic neuropathy.

One of the most common types of neuropathy is diabetic neuropathy. If you have diabetes, diabetic neuropathy is one of the most likely complications. If left untreated, it can lead to ulcers, infections, and possibly amputation.

What treatments are available for neuropathy?

Dr. Carlson treats patients with neuropathy by helping them manage their underlying conditions and stay fit and healthy. He can also help reduce your symptoms using innovative treatments such as laser therapy, regenerative medicine techniques, neuromodulation, and spinal cord stimulation.

To find out more about effective treatments for neuropathy, call Hawai'i Pain & Spine today or book an appointment online.