Neuropathy

ADOLESCENT, ADULT AND GERIATRICS
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Why Yale Medicine?
  • Yale Medicine physicians have the expertise and equipment to diagnose and treat nerve damage successfully.
  • Neurologists, pain experts and movement specialists work together on behalf of each individual patient.
  • We work closely with Yale scientists who do some of the most advanced medical research in the world.

Neuropathy is a form of nerve damage that affects roughly one in five Americans. It often accompanies other health problems including diabetes, cancer, shingles, autoimmune disease or injury.

“Neuropathy presents a spectrum of symptoms,” says Dr. Daniel DiCapua, a Yale Medicine neurologist and assistant professor of neurology at Yale School of Medicine. Those symptoms may include a burning sensation, shooting pain, numbness or muscle weakness. For some patients, Dr. DiCapua says, the symptoms are just an annoyance. But for others, the effects of neuropathy can be debilitating.

The team at Yale Medicine has both the comprehensive expertise and advanced equipment to diagnose neuropathy successfully, and to provide treatments that both minimize the discomfort and offer the best opportunity to reverse the condition.

Patients with neuropathy experience “misfiring” of the peripheral nerve cells (nerves that carry signals between the brain and other parts of the body). The result can range from pain to complete loss of sensation.

Half of patients with diabetes experience some kind of neuropathic pain, according to the American Diabetes Association. 

Other health problems associated with neuropathy include shingles, cancer, autoimmune disease, and certain kinds of injury. It is not clear to researchers exactly why nerve damage results from those conditions.