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Peripheral Neuropathy: A Serious Side Effect of Kidney Disease

When most people think about peripheral nerve pain, they probably immediately relate it to diabetes. While unmanaged diabetes can cause peripheral neuropathy, another condition is also a significant contributor to its development: kidney disease. The American Kidney Fund estimates that around 31 million people are living with chronic kidney disease in the United States.

Dr. Johnson treats patients who are living with painful peripheral neuropathy - no matter what the cause.

How Does Kidney Disease Cause Nerve Damage?

There are a few different theories about this. One theory is that when the kidneys are diseased and cannot filter the blood to remove waste and toxins, the peripheral nerves and the small blood vessels that support these nerves become damaged. The other theory is that kidney disease causes the levels of electrolytes in the body to become unbalanced, which negatively affects nerve cell function and causes the nerves to work abnormally.

Peripheral neuropathy as a result of kidney disease is referred to as uremic neuropathy. Researchers estimate that uremic neuropathy affects between 50 and 100 percent of people with kidney disease, while diabetic neuropathy affects 60 to 70 percent of people with diabetes.

What Are the Symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy Caused by Kidney Disease?

The symptoms of peripheral neuropathy that develop as a result of kidney disease are the same as the symptoms of peripheral nerve pain caused by diabetes. Patients report feeling:

  • Pain
  • Cramping or muscle spasms
  • Muscle weakness
  • Lessened sensation to touch
  • Numbness
  • Tingling

These symptoms often occur in the legs and feet but can affect the arms and hands, too.

How Is Peripheral Neuropathy Treated?

Pain Relievers. Pain relievers and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) can relieve pain in mild cases. More severe cases may require prescription pain medication. These medications relieve painful symptoms for short periods of time but do not cure the condition. Anti-seizure medications have also been found to reduce nerve pain, but can cause drowsiness and dizziness.

Topical Treatments. Topical pain-relieving creams and lidocaine patches can help to control pain, but cannot be tolerated by everyone.

Antidepressants. Some antidepressants have been found to reduce pain and other symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, but they also often come with uncomfortable side effects such as nausea, drowsiness, dizziness, dry mouth and constipation.

Other treatments, such as a physical therapy and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) therapy, have been shown to help reduce symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, but these require regular sessions for long periods to see results.

Fat Stem Cell Therapy. Fat stem cell therapy can reduce the pain and inflammation of peripheral neuropathy by helping to repair nerve damage. Fat stem cell is different from other therapies because there are no unwanted side effects or extended treatment plans, and its benefits last for extended periods.

Want to learn more about the benefits of fat stem cell therapy for peripheral neuropathy caused by kidney disease, diabetes or other conditions? Call Innovations Stem Cell Center at 214-256-1462 today for more information.

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