Neuropathy can interfere with many of your body’s essential functions, such as sleep and sensation. At Texas Herbal Clinic in Houston, Texas, Darryl Camp, MD, uses his experience as a board-certified neurologist to treat pain, insomnia, and other neuropathy symptoms with medical marijuana. Call the clinic today or schedule an appointment online to determine if medical marijuana is right for you.
Neuropathy is nerve damage or dysfunction that can affect a wide range of bodily functions, from temperature sensation to digestion. The most common type, by far, is peripheral neuropathy, which occurs in up to half of people with diabetes.
While there are many different forms of neuropathy, the four most common types are:
Autonomic neuropathy damages the nerves that control many of the body’s automatic functions, like digestion, urination, temperature, blood pressure, and libido.
Peripheral neuropathy affects the nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord. It typically causes tingling, weakness, and pain in the hands or feet.
Proximal neuropathy is rare and typically causes nerve damage in the hip, buttocks, or thigh. While many individuals with diabetes have peripheral neuropathy, most people with proximal neuropathy have Type 2 diabetes.
Focal neuropathy affects single nerves, often in the head, hand, leg, or torso. The most common types are carpal tunnel syndrome and ulnar nerve entrapment.
The symptoms of peripheral neuropathy vary. Some people experience mild symptoms while other signs are more severe. Common signs of peripheral neuropathy include:
Peripheral neuropathy can also increase your risk of foot problems, such as slow-healing wounds, infections, and joint pain.
The most common cause of peripheral neuropathy is diabetes, a chronic disease that develops when your blood sugar levels are too high. As diabetes progresses, it can weaken the blood vessel walls and damage your peripheral nerves. Managing your blood sugar can help reduce the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy.
Cannabinoids (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in medical marijuana contain anti-inflammatory properties that may help reduce neuropathy symptoms, including pain and tingling in the hands and feet.
After a careful evaluation that includes a physical exam and medical history review, Dr. Camp can determine if medical marijuana is the proper treatment for your symptoms.
Call Texas Herbal Clinic today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about neuropathy.