Neuropathy Specialist

Carl Hess, MD

Board Certified Pain Management Specialist & Anesthesiologist located in Fullerton, CA

Up to 10% of Americans suffer from neuropathic pain, a common effect of neuropathy. This condition can cause severe pain and could become debilitating without adequate pain management. At Carl A. Hess, MD, in Fullerton, California, you can find innovative and highly effective treatments. Reach out for help by calling the office or using the online booking tool to request an appointment today.

Neuropathy Q & A

What is neuropathy?

Neuropathy is nerve damage or dysfunction in your peripheral or central nervous system, which often causes serious pain. Peripheral neuropathy, the most common type, is caused by diabetes. 

Other types of neuropathy can develop after injury or illness, and some rare neuropathies are inherited. Neuropathic pain is often a chronic problem that requires specific pain management in conjunction with managing your other health issues. 

What does neuropathy pain feel like?

Nerve pain can be different for each sufferer because it can occur in many areas and ways. But, some of the most common pain symptoms associated with neuropathy can include:

  • Pins-and-needles feeling
  • Shooting pain
  • Burning 
  • Shock-like sensations
  • Pain following even the lightest pressure (hypersensitivity)

Some neuropathy sufferers have difficulty sleeping, chronic daytime fatigue, and depressed mood due to the constant pain. Neuropathy can be disabling if untreated.

How is neuropathy treated?

Dr. Hess may co-manage your care with your primary care physician, endocrinologist, or another specialist if you have a chronic disease like diabetes. Dr. Hess takes a multifaceted approach to neuropathic pain because he understands its bodywide impact. He typically recommends advanced minimally invasive procedures, physical therapy to regain functionality, and psychological support. 

How do neuropathic pain treatments work?

Dr. Hess performs neuropathic pain treatments on an outpatient basis. Some of the treatment options can include:

Injections

Injections of anesthetics, anti-inflammatory drugs, and/or steroid medications can block the nerve or group of nerves causing your neuropathic pain. Relief can last for anywhere from a few weeks to many months.

Radiofrequency ablation

In radiofrequency ablation procedures, Dr. Hess uses heat or cold energy impulses to deaden the nerves. This prevents pain signals to your brain and can yield up to 24 months of neuropathic pain relief.

Regenerative medicine

Regenerative medicine procedures like stem-cell and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments can be ideal for neuropathic pain because they can actually help your damaged nerves regenerate and become healthy again.

Spinal cord stimulator

Dr. Hess implants spinal cord stimulators in your back or abdomen, where the tiny device emits electrical signals that change your pain signals. This prevents pain signals from traveling to your brain and reduces neuropathic pain.

If neuropathic pain is dragging you down, Dr. Hess can recommend the optimal solution for relief.

Neuropathy pain relief is just a phone call or click away. Request an appointment online or call Carl A. Hess, MD, today.

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