Neuropathic Pain

August 4th, 2017 by LOC Team

 

Neuropathic pain typically comes with some type of tissue damage or injury. It is a chronic pain state that is a direct result of damaged nerve fibres. These damaged nerve fibres send the wrong messages to pain centres in the body. These messages are read as pain thus you are in pain. The impact of nerve fibre injuries doesn’t just change the nerves at the site of injury, pain can also be felt in other areas.

The causes of neuropathic pain

It is often the case that there is no obvious cause of neuropathic pain, but some of the most common causes include:

  • Amputation

  • Alcoholism

  • Chemotherapy

  • Leg, back and hip problems

  • Diabetes

  • HIV infection or AIDS

  • Shingles

  • Facial nerve problems

  • Spinal surgery

  • Multiple sclerosis

The symptoms of neuropathic pain

Neuropathic pain can be different for everyone, but your symptoms may include:

  • Tingling

  • Numbness

  • Burning pain

  • Shooting pains

Diagnosing neuropathic pain

To diagnose a condition like neuropathic pain, your doctor will interview and examine you. During the interview, they will ask you questions about the pain. How you’d describe the pain, when it occurs, whether anything triggered it, for example. Your doctor may also request nerve and blood tests.

The treatments for neuropathic pain

Neuropathic pain treatment is as varied as the conditions that can cause it. However, most cases of the condition do not require surgery. In cases where the condition is very difficult to treat, you may be referred to a pain specialist. The pain specialist may then use an invasive device to effectively manage the pain. This device will produce small pulses of electricity, and this can significantly control the pain.

In cases where another condition is involved, better management of this condition may be recommended. If for example, you have diabetes, your doctor may refer you to specialists who can help you with this condition and prevent nerve damage and pain.

Studies into neuropathic pain have shown that some people respond well to NSAIDs, non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs. In fact, some people can manage the pain very effectively with over-the-counter medication, although other people may need stronger painkillers. Other people respond well to antidepressants.

So, the treatment of neuropathic pain depends on you and what underlying condition or injury has caused it. Unfortunately, this means that we can not go into a huge amount of detail about the treatments as they are so varied. However, if you are trying a treatment that we have mentioned and it doesn’t appear to be working, perhaps another treatment might, but do ask your doctor about changing treatments first.

We hope this article about neuropathic pain has helped you understand the condition. If you would like help treating your pain, please feel free to get in touch. We will be happy to try and find the underlying cause of your neuropathic pain and effective treatment.

To find out more about other common medical conditions, please explore our blog further. We have a lot of articles on here that might be able to help you discover the condition behind your symptoms.