Neuropathy Specialist

Raafat Iskander, MD -  - Board Certified Neurologist

St. Marys Neurology Clinic Beverly Hills

Raafat Iskander, MD

Board Certified Neurologist & Adult & Pediatric Neurologist located in Beverly Hills, CA

Neuropathy is a neurological disorder that involves your peripheral nerves, which are the nerves that support communication between your body and brain. Nerve damage or dysfunction causes neuropathy and a broad range of symptoms. At St Mary Neurology Clinic in Beverly Hills, California, Dr. Raafat Iskander specializes in diagnosing and treating neuropathy. To schedule a consultation with this experienced adult and pediatric neurologist, call the office or book online today.

Neuropathy Q & A

What is neuropathy?

Neuropathy, also known as peripheral neuropathy, refers to health conditions that develop because of damage or dysfunction to your peripheral nervous system. 

Your peripheral nervous system includes all the nerves that relay messages to and from your central nervous system and all the organs and tissues in your body. There are three types of peripheral nerves:

Sensory nerves

Your sensory nerves relay messages to your brain from your senses, which include touch, smell, sight, sound, and taste.

Motor nerves

The motor nerves receive messages from your brain that tell your muscles to contract or relax. 

Autonomic nerves

Your autonomic nerves manage all the body systems that function automatically, like digestion and heart rate. These nerves monitor your body systems and send and receive messages from your brain to perform various tasks.

When you have neuropathy, the damage or dysfunction may involve any type of peripheral nerve. 

What are the symptoms of neuropathy?

Neuropathy symptoms vary and depend on the type of nerve or nerves involved. Common symptoms include:

  • Tingling, numbness, or burning sensation
  • Radiating pain
  • Changes in sensations (e.g., you feel more pain or no pain)
  • Poor balance or coordination
  • Muscle spasms or twitching
  • Muscle weakness
  • Sweating more or less than normal
  • Problems with digestion

These symptoms may develop suddenly or slowly over time, depending on the cause. 

You may develop neuropathy from an injury or infection. However, diabetes is the most common cause of peripheral nerve damage.

What happens during a neuropathy evaluation?

At St Mary Neurology Clinic, Dr. Iskander conducts a thorough evaluation when you come in with concerns about neuropathy. He reviews your symptoms and medical history and performs a physical and neurological exam.

How is neuropathy treated?

Dr. Iskander customizes your neuropathy treatment plan based on the type of neuropathy you have and your symptoms. First and foremost, treatment for neuropathy focuses on the underlying cause. Gaining control over the cause of your neuropathy will prevent further damage.

For expert neuropathy care from an experienced neurologist, call St. Marys Neurology Clinic Beverly Hills or schedule an appointment online today.