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Pain & Debilitating Conditions

Neuropathic Pain

As many as four million people in the United States are known to be affected by neuropathic pain. Neuropathic pain occurs from damage or dysfunction to the peripheral nervous system or central nervous system. When the nerve fibers in tissues are damaged, dysfunctional, or injured, they send abnormal signals to other pain centers, resulting in a change in nerve function at and around the affected site. Depending on the condition, neuropathic pain problems can be acute and episodic or chronic and continuous, and can worsen over time. Here are different types of common neuropathic pain conditions:

Types of Neuropathic Pain

Radiculopathies
Symptoms
Pain, numbness, or weakness radiating from the spine to the extremities or torso.

Common Causes
Injury, cancer, some infections, diseases that lead to degeneration of the vertebrae and/or intervertebral discs, bulging or herniated discs, scoliosis.

 

Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN)
Symptoms
Intense burning, pressing, crushing, or shooting pain in the eyes, lips, nose, scalp, forehead, and jaw.

Common Causes
Aneurysm, tumor, arachnoid cyst, or by traumatic event or injury to the facial region.

 

Postherpetic Neuralgia (PHN)
Symptoms
Acute pain which can become chronic

Common Causes
Herpes zoster rash (shingles).

 

Postsurgical Pain
Symptoms
Mild to severe burning, aching, sharp pain where surgery was performed.

Common Causes
Any body area after surgery.

 

Complex Regional Pain Syndromes (CRPS)
Symptoms
Continuous, intense pain worsening with time to intense burning pain, skin sensitivity, sweating, and swelling in the affected area.

Common Causes
Caused by autonomic dysfunction in your central nervous system.

 

Peripheral Neuropathies
Symptoms
Mild tingling to severe pain typically found in the hands and feet.

Common Causes
Diabetes, HIV, chemotherapy, predisposition due to heredity.

 

Neuropathic pain often responds poorly to standard pain treatments, causing patients to feel hopeless. In such cases, other alternatives are available. These options include various medications as well as implantable device therapies or electrical stimulation of the nerves may be utlilized for symptomatic relief. Don’t live in discomfort or excruciating pain! Instead, you need to seek medical help at our facility if you experience pain in your back, legs, arms, hands, or feet. Neuropathic pain is often difficult to control but it is treatable. Due to its prevalence, much research is currently conducted to help patients get better control over their pain conditions and thus, their quality of life.