The Causes and Treatments of Neuropathic Pain

Neuropathic pain is complex and chronic nerve pain that can progress without warning. It’s usually caused by damage or injury to certain tissues of your body. Often this damaged, dysfunctional or injured nerve fiber incorrectly transmits signals to the pain centers in your brain. This type of pain may be present either due to the damage at the site of the injury or that of the tissues around it.

Neuropathic Pain – Causes

For those who are experiencing this type of pain there may not be any apparent reason but this is mostly caused due to
o Uncontrolled alcoholism
o Amputation of limbs due to disease or accident
o Muscular problems on your back, hip or leg
o Tissue damage due to chemotherapy
o Uncontrolled diabetes
o Nerve problems on the face
o AIDS and HIV infection
o Multiple sclerosis
o Shingles or Spine surgery etc

Neuropathic Pain – Common Symptoms

Neuropathic pain usually starts as a slight discomfort at the area of damage and intensifies into a throbbing painful condition. The most common of the symptoms include:
• Excruciating burning or shooting pain
• Sudden numbness on the affected area
• A tingling sensation on the on or surrounding the injured area

Symptoms of neuropathic pain can vary and this condition is often difficult for physicians to diagnosis. Overtime the pain may become more severe and may even lead to complete disruption of your daily routine. Unfortunately, this type of pain is generally considered to be very stubborn towards opioids as well as to ordinary analgesic treatments. At this point, other interventional procedure should be considered.

Neuropathic Pain – The Method of Treatment

The treatment for the neuropathic pain differs as per the type, nature, and the thing that has triggered the pain. A common way to give relief to the neuropathic pain is by using anti- inflammatory, non- steroidal drugs to ease the painful condition.

In case of mild to medium pain it can be treated by some of the traditional methods like:
• Physical therapy
• Relaxations therapy
• Massage therapy
• Acupuncture
• Yoga and meditation etc which may be helpful in finding good ways of control and management of neuropathic pain.

When this type of pain occurs due to an underlying condition like diabetes, the control and better management of the same will give good relief to the pain. When the painful condition is difficult to treat it may be necessary for you to visit a pain specialist and you may be required to go for an invasive or implantable device, known as a spinal cord stimulator, to bring your pain under control. While the spinal cord stimulator has proven to be a very effective treatment, this costly procedure is often a last resort.

Often neuropathic pain does not respond to the common standardized treatments and usually requires a multi-disciplinary approach to combine various therapies to find effective control of the painful condition. Again, neuropathic pain is complex and may progress rapidly; therefore, it’s recommended that you seek professional help early in order to identify the cause and to create the proper treatment plan.

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