What is Nerve Pain?

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Nerve Pain

nerve pain

Nerve pain is pain that is caused by damage or disease that affects the nervous system of the body. It is also known as neuropathic pain or neuralgia. Nerve pain is a pain that comes from problems with signals from the nerves. It is different to the common type of pain that is due to an injury. This is known as nociceptive pain. 

What Causes Nerve Pain? 

Neuropathic pain is caused by a problem with your nerves themselves, which sends pain messages to the brain. 

What are Nerve Pain Symptoms? 

Nerve pain is often described as burning, stabbing, shooting, aching, or like an electric shock. 

What Causes Nerve Pain? 

Various conditions can affect your nerves and cause nerve pain. Common sources of nerve pain include: 

  • Shingles (post-herpetic neuralgia). 
  • Trigeminal neuralgia. 
  • Diabetic neuropathy. 
  • Phantom limb pain following an amputation. 
  • Cancer. 
  • Multiple sclerosis. 
  • Chemotherapy. 
  • HIV infection. 
  • Alcoholism. 
  • Other nerve disorders. 

Nerve Pain & Nociceptive Pain 

You can suffer both nerve pain and nociceptive pain simultaneously. Both pain types can be caused by the same condition. 

Nerve Pain Treatment 

Nerve pain is less likely than nociceptive pain to be helped by traditional painkillers such as paracetamol, anti-inflammatories and codeine. 

However, other types of medicines often work well to ease the pain. Nerve pain is often eased by anti-depressant or anti-epileptic medicines. Please ask your doctor for more advice.

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Use only as directed. A TENS machine and EMS machine are electronic medical devices.  Always read the label and instruction manual. A TENS machine may assist you in modest short-term pain relief. Consult your doctor/healthcare professional prior to use and if symptoms persist. 

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    Last updated 20-Aug-2016 04:12 PM

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