Neuropathic pain, otherwise known as nerve pain, is a complex pain state usually associated with tissue damage.
What are the causes of neuropathic pain?
There are many causes of neuropathic pain; however some causes include:
- Autoimmune deficiencies
- Back, leg, and hip problems
- CRPS (or RSD)
- Facial nerve problems
- HIV or AIDS
- Hormonal deficiencies
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Spine Surgery
What are some things I can do to try and avoid neuropathic pain?
- Take care of your feet, especially if you have diabetes
- Quite smoking
- Eat healthy meals
- Avoid prolonged pressure
What are the symptoms of neuropathic pain?
Symptoms vary, depending on which types of nerves are affected. Signs and symptoms may include:
- numbness and tingling
- Burning pain
- Sharp, jabbing or electric-like pain
- Extreme sensitivity to touch, even light touch
- Lack of coordination
- Muscle weakness or paralysis if motor nerves are affected
- Bowel or bladder problems if autonomic nerves are affected
How do physicians diagnose neuropathic pain?
Physicians are usually able to diagnose neuropathic pain with a comprehensive medical history, physical evaluation, and a neurological exam.
How is neuropathic pain treated?
- Pain relievers
- Anti-seizure medications
- Capsaicin cream
- Lidocaine patch
For additional information on neuropathic pain please call Southeast Pain and Spine Care to schedule an appointment with one of our pain management doctors.