Nerves are a wonderful exciting things. Tiny little threads spread to nearly every part of your body. These sensors in the “Somatic Nervous System” feel every sensation: hot, cold, light, pressure, and the slightest touch that can pain or delight you. Nerve pain information is “instant messaged” to your brain. Sometimes you can barely feel the pain because of the nerve “threshold.” That is the point you actually “feel” pain, low thresholds are felt as tickling or tingling. These are nerve pain symptoms you feel with “Peripheral Neuropathy” from sensory nerve damage.
Each nerve has elastic-like coatings called myelin sheaths to protect them. The “Central Nervous System” is control center for the nerves housed inside your skull and spinal cord. Everything else is in the “Peripheral Nervous System.” It is divided into “automatic” functions, keeping your body alive and working and motor nerves that control muscles and movement. Others are monitors and sensors. You have pain because nerve pain signs are warning you something is wrong.
Generally the most severe nerve pain symptoms are in the central nervous system. Pain can go from mild infrequent pain, to sharp stabbing pain, or constant nagging pain. It can be caused by motor neuron disease, cancer, diabetes and autoimmune disease, injury, compression damage or deterioration. Injuries can be from sudden traumatic injury, slight injury becoming worse or repetitive motion injury. Nerve pain treatment for severe spinal injury frequently requires surgery since pain is intolerable and often debilitating. Narcotic pain medicine is the most useful non-surgical remedy for this severe pain. Even with surgical improvement, chronic pain may still linger and require continuing narcotics.
Often interpreting nerve pain signs in the spine can be difficult. Nerve pain symptoms can begin in the spinal cord and radiate to ribs and shoulders, or from hips throughout the legs. When troubled by spinal pain, movements can cause a misaligned body subject to arthritis and additional osteoporosis pain.
Nerve pain generating throughout the body is called “Peripheral Neuropathy.” These nerve pain symptoms are characterized and named for their location and type of pain. Shingles is a painful example of viral nerve pain. Diabetes or autoimmune conditions such as lupus and inflammatory diseases or age may cause deterioration of the myelin sheath causing pain. Nerves can become stressed, stretched like a tendon or muscle, or can be injured: crushed, cut, twisted or pinched and cause pain.
Often multiple nerve pain symptoms indicate damage to two or three different types of nerves. Generally when people begin experiencing numbness, tingling, or that sensation of wearing heavy socks, it is time to find more nerve pain information, and look for other nerve pain signs. Damage can rapidly progress or go slowly. Nerve pain can be anywhere in the body. If deep in your arms or legs, not near joints, nor when flexing or squeezing your muscle, it is most likely nerve pain. Make a record of your pain: you may experience sensitivity, burning, weakness, prickling, twitching, aching, stabbing, even paralysis. You should also share any other unexplained symptoms with your physician. If you have sensory nerve damage, you could have autonomic nerve damage, which doesn’t have as easily identifiable nerve pain signs.
Because peripheral naturopathic pain is difficult to treat, Physicians use wide varieties of nerve pain treatment. Topical local anesthetics such as lidocaine limit skin sensitivity or pain. Botox can treat temporary localized pain. The best choice attacking pain are opiates. People with multiply placed nerve pain symptoms are sometimes treated with anti-depressants and anticonvulsants, with limited results. This treatment is often used as an alternative to prescribing narcotics.
With holistic and alternative medicine in the forefront physicians have begun trying to heal damage rather than treating pain. Certain dietary supplements have demonstrated amazing results in neuropathy treatment. Using Alpha lipoic acid showed reduced stabbing burning pain, along with significant decline in areas effected by neuropathy. Benfotiamine has been effective in diabetic neuropathy treatment. If the your body becomes healthier so are your nerves, and you will have less pain.