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About Nerve Pain
Some individuals may suffer from prolonged pain that persists for months or years after an injury, or they may experience pain without any obvious injury at all. This pain condition is usually “nerve-related” or neuropathic in nature. Neuropathic pain results from a nervous system malfunction set off by nerve damage that may be caused from diseases such as diabetes, trauma, or medications — especially chemotherapy and HIV drugs. Rather than the nervous system functioning properly to signal the presence of tissue injury, with neuropathic pain, the nerves themselves are malfunctioning and become the cause of the pain. Neuropathic Pain can lead to serious disability. Some patients experience uncomfortable and abnormal sensations that makes wearing clothes and walking unbearable. This syndrome responds poorly to standard pain treatment and without proper and timely treatment, the condition may get worse instead of better over time.
Nerve or neuropathic pain is a chronic condition that causes discomfort that is not prompted by any one event or injury. For example, if you were to stub your toe, your nervous system would send signals to register the pain you are experiencing. However, with chronic neuropathic disorder, your nervous system is constantly sending pain signals throughout your body, despite no injury. Studies have shown that this condition affects one in five Americans, causing debilitating discomfort. Our skilled physicians at Tricity Pain Associates in Texas are excited to offer state-of-the-art pain management care to men and women who are experiencing nerve pain. Our team is highly trained and experienced in treating neuropathic pain, including more specific nerve pain, such as occipital neuralgia and trigeminal neuralgia. Contact one of our Texas locations today to schedule a private consultation.
Symptoms Of Nerve Pain
The signs and symptoms of nerve pain will vary from individual to individual and may include but are not limited to the following:
- Shooting or burning pain
- Sudden pain that occurs without a trigger
- Experiencing pain with the slightest touch
- Abnormal sensitivity to cold temperatures
- The sensation of pins and needles or numbness
- Difficulty sleeping or performing daily activities due to chronic pain
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, previously known as Causalgia or Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), is caused by abnormal activity in the sympathetic nervous system. This syndrome most often results from an injury or surgery to an extremity, particularly the hand or foot. As the injury or surgery heals, the pain persists, intensifies, and can spread. The skin around the affected area can change color and be cold to touch. It is typically a burning, itching kind of pain, and almost any stimulus to the affected area is painful. There can also be changes to hair and nail growth patterns. It is usually treated first with medications and physical therapy. If these treatments do not bring relief, the next step may be a series of nerve blocks. A treatment option for refractory pain includes spinal cord stimulation, i.e. placing electrical stimulators in the spinal canal to send tingling sensations into the painful extremity. If you believe you are suffering from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, see your doctor for a full evaluation and possible referral to a pain specialist. The earlier Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is identified and treated, the better the response to treatment.
Phantom-limb pain is continued pain in an extremity even after it has been amputated. Pain can continue to be felt despite the limb being gone because the nerve fibers at the stump still exist and send the message of pain to the brain so that the brain thinks the limb still exists. Symptoms include pain, temperature changes, cramping, and pins and needles that are felt in the missing limb. Treatment includes massage, relaxation, physical therapy, biofeedback, medications such as antidepressants, anti-seizure medications, and analgesics, and surgical removal of possible neuromas in the stump.
Causes Of Nerve Pain
Nerve pain isn't the result of any one factor but is usually accompanied by an injury, infection, surgery, or certain medical conditions and diseases. It's possible to have lasting nerve damage after a surgery or injury, even after your initial incision or trauma has healed. This can result in chronic nerve pain. Other conditions, like a herniated disc, spinal cord compression, diabetes, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and abnormal pressure on the nerves, can cause neuropathic pain. Contributing factors may also include carpal tunnel syndrome, thyroid issues, facial nerve problems, arthritis, and Vitamin B deficiency.
Common Treatments Common
At Tricity Pain Associates, our first step in treating nerve pain is to identify the underlying cause of your discomfort. This is achieved by performing a thorough consultation to review your specific symptoms and discuss your medical history. We may also perform a series of diagnostic tests (including pain mapping) to properly evaluate your condition and pinpoint the specific location of your discomfort. Once we have determined the source of your pain, we can review all of your treatment options. We offer a variety of solutions, including steroid injections and nerve blocks, but can provide recommendations on other therapies as well.
Calm Overactive Nerves
Are you experiencing pain at the base of your skull, back of your head, on your face, or any other areas on your body without any signs of an injury? It may be time to see a medical professional about your pain. Our caring team has accurately diagnosed and treated countless patients with nerve pain and other chronic pain disorders. Contact Tricity Pain Associates to schedule a private consultation to get a proper diagnosis and customized treatment plan for your condition. We offer multiple locations throughout the state of Texas and look forward to providing you with the outstanding care you need.