Top 6 causes of neuropathy

Neuropathy is a common neurological problem

Neuropathy is a common neurological problem

If you have neuropathy—a disease of one or more peripheral nerves that causes numbness, pain and even weakness—you’ll be happy to know that there is help within reach and possibly factors within your control.

There are six main causes of neuropathy, which is now the second main neurological condition, after headache:
1. Diabetes is the most common cause of neuropathy
Diabetes causes about half of all neuropathies. Even pre-diabetes is of concern to physicians because it leads so often to diabetes.

Treatment of the diabetes can slow down the progression of neuropathy—and also help people with all the other things that diabetes can affect, like eyesight, kidney problems, strokes and heart attacks.

If you have diabetes or pre-diabetes, diet and exercise will benefit you greatly.  Continue reading

Do you really need that MRI?

Just because an imaging test is typically done doesn’t mean it’s the best choice

Woman getting head scan

Too many tests at the doctor’s office could cost you more than just dollars. In addition to the huge hit to your wallet, there’s also the potential harm of false positives, and just because a test has traditionally been done for a condition doesn’t mean it’s the best way to treat it.

U-M neurologist Brian Callaghan, M.D., M.S., is helping lead a national push to determine what neurologic tests or services are performed more than they should be.

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