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The Pain of Neuropathy
Posted on May 28, 2012 | Tags: Arizona, Pain Doctor, Arizona Pain Doctors, Pain Management, Phoenix Pain Doctors, Chronic Pain, Multi-Disciplinary Approach

Neuropathy is the damage to a single nerve or nerve group, which results in loss of movement, sensation, or other function of that nerve. Patients who suffer from nerve pain do so in different ways. This means some patients may feel a stabbing pain the middle of the night while others must deal with chronic tingling, prickling, or burning.

Nerves normally send pain signals to the brain as a warning when they sense danger. Patients suffering from nerve damage, however, have a warning system that is not functioning properly. Damaged nerves send false signals can make patients feel pain without any cause. This problem can go in the opposite direction when patients may not feel pain even when they have an injury.

Certain body positions or activities can be triggers for nerve pain. Walking and standing in line, two every-day occurrences for most people, become painful. Nerve damage can cause loss of sensation or numbness in the fingertips. This makes activities involving hands, such as knitting, typing, and even tying ones shoes, extremely difficult. Patients with nerve damage have said that their sense of touch is dulled, as if they were wearing gloves.

Sleeping with nerve pain is often impossible. The touch of sheets or pressure of lying down can be very uncomfortable for most patients. When this occurs, talking to a pain management specialist can help, as modifying lifestyle habits and taking medicine have been shown to lessen the pain.

Loss of balance is another symptom of nerve damage. Due to dulling a patient’s sense of touch and because nerve damage can result in muscle weakness, this makes it harder for patients to keep their balance. At The Pain Center of Arizona, we offer assistive devices to help those suffering from nerve damage, as well as physical and occupational therapy.

Another issue is that in addition to causing pain, nerve damage can also cause numbness to prevent a patient from feeling pain when it matters. Patients with nerve damage often injure themselves without realizing it. Therefore, it is recommended that patients check themselves regularly for injuries, especially the feet.

If nerve pain is untreated, nerve damage could possibly worsen over time. It may start in the feet and hands and move its way up into the legs and arms. Getting treatment for nerve damage right away may be able to stop the damage and possibly even reverse it.

Since in most cases nerve pain may be controlled, speaking with a pain management specialist right away is the best thing to do. An assessment will help the patient and doctor figure out what is causing the pain and how to treat it. There are certain conditions that can cause nerve pain such as shingles, diabetes, and cancer. Over-the-counter treatments for nerve pain can include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, painkilling creams, and oils and gels that may be used on the skin. Certain prescription dugs may also help ease the pain, along with alternative treatments such as acupuncture and massage therapy.

If you suffer from chronic pain due to any condition or injury, find hope at The Pain Center of Arizona! Our dedicated team of board certified pain management physicians will work with you to treat your pain, increase your functionality and quality of life, and get you back into life! We have locations across Arizona, including Phoenix, Anthem, Surprise, Mesa, Gilbert, Deer Valley, Paradise Valley, and now Prescott and Tucson! We take multiple insurance plans; click here to see if we take yours! To make an appointment and take the first step toward getting back into life, call us today at 1-888-PAINCENTER. We hope to see you soon!

The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.

 

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