What is Neuropathic Pain?
If you are involved in an accident and an injury occurs, under normal circumstance, your nerves will send messages to the brain, signaling pain at the site of trauma. Neuropathic pain is coming directly from the nerves without the occurrence of trauma or accident. In other words, there is no reason the nerves should be sending pain signals.
How Does Neuropathic Pain Develop?
A damaged nerve may lead to dysfunction. Nerves can be damaged in a previous injury or surgery. As a result, the damaged nerve may send false signals of pain to the brain, despite there being no real cause of pain. In the case of a previous injury, the site of trauma may have completely healed but the central nervous system is still registering the site as a location of trauma.
There are several key symptoms associated with Neuropathy:
- Normal movements become painful
- Mobility is limited
- May lead to a sedentary lifestyle
- Pain will range from mild to severe
- Pain may be experienced differently – For example: sharp, shock-like, shooting, etc
- Feeling of coldness
- Persistent numbness, tingling, or weakness
Neuropathic Pain Relief Treatments
First, your doctor will attempt to find the cause of the Neuropathy. Tests such as an MRI and Electromyography are conducted. If a cause is discovered, such as a herniated disc as the central cause of the pain, the appropriate measures are taken.
If no obvious cause is discovered, your doctor will focus on prescribing an effective pain relief method. The pain relief will depend on the individual and the severity of the neuropathy. Treatment options typically include medications, an active method of recovery such as physical therapy, and spinal cord stimulation for more complex cases.
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