Nerve pain comes in various forms, from many causes

Nerve pain comes in various forms, from many causes

Nerve pain, or neuropathy, evokes a wide variety of feelings within my patients. During my __ years as a doctor, I’ve heard it described as feeling like jolts of electricity zapping, fires burning, and pinpricks stinging.

Nerve pain also varies greatly in intensity and frequency. Patients have called it mild or severe, chronic or intermittent.The causes of nerve pain are nearly as diverse as the feelings it evokes.

Common causes include cancer, HIV, diabetes, shingles, and physical injuries where nerves are cut, compressed, or crushed. Another cause is complex regional pain syndrome, a chronic pain condition that usually affects a single limb after an injury. CRPS is caused by damage to the central nervous system, the peripheral nervous system, or both. It can be accompanied by swelling and a change in skin temperature or color.

Not all nerve pain is curable, but all of it is treatable. And it should be treated — immediately.

Left unmanaged, nerve pain can limit a patient’s mobility. It can also lead to insomnia, depression, and anxiety in some cases.

Pain-management treatment can help address the symptoms of nerve pain, leading the patient to achieve a better quality of life.

Neuropathy can be a lifelong and debilitating condition, depending on the case. Therefore, it’s crucial to work with a pain specialist to develop a pain-management plan that’s safe, effective, and sustainable.

There are dozens of treatment options available, including epidural injections, radiofrequency ablation, spinal cord stimulation, or joint injections, sympathetic blocks, ketamine infusions, stem cell therapy, spinal cord stimulation, and platelet-rich plasma injections.

And I am happy to say that Integrated Pain Consultants offers all of them.

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