Nerve Pain Management Specialist Q&A
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Nerve pain, also known as neuralgia, is a type of pain that feels significantly different from the other types of pain. It is characterized by a shooting, stabbing or burning sensation and can also present as a tingling or ‘pins and needles sensation. Also known as neuropathic pain, nerve pain can be difficult to diagnose. However, an experienced pain management doctor can evaluate cases of nerve pain and work closely with the patient to find the underlying cause.
Nerve pain also called neuropathic pain or neuralgia, occurs when the nerves that carry sensation to the brain are affected by a health condition. It is a particular type of pain that feels different from other kinds of pain and is characterized by a stinging, stabbing, shooting, tingling or numb sensation.
There are different types of nerve pain:
– Post-Herpetic — this can occur to people who have been infected with the shingles virus (herpes zoster); it affects the same area as the shingles rash
– Trigeminal — causing pain in jaw or cheek
– Occipital — causing pain at the base of the skull that can spread to the back of the head; may occur from a pinched nerve in this area
– Pudendal — causing pain in the groin area, the region between the legs
Nerve pain often feels like a burning, stinging, shooting, or stabbing sensation, although it can also feel like a sudden and intense electric shock. People with nerve pain are often very sensitive to touch or temperatures and can experience pain from normally innocuous stimuli, such as a gentle caress. It can range from mild to severe and is often worse at night. Common symptoms of nerve pain include:
– Increased sensitivity — The skin will be very sensitive along the path of the damaged nerve; even a gentle touch or light pressure can be incredibly painful.
– Sharp or stabbing pain — The most prevalent symptom of neuralgia is a sharp or stabbing pain that occurs along the path of the damaged nerve and often affects the same area each time. This pain is commonly intermittent (comes and goes), but can also be unabating (non-stop) and feel more intense when moving the affected area of the body.
– Weakness — Muscles connected to the damaged nerve may feel enervated, tired or slow, or may even become completely paralyzed.
Nerve pain can be caused by issues in the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord), or in the peripheral nerves (running from the CNS to the muscles and organs). It is usually caused by disease or injury, although some cases of neuralgia are unknown. Common causes include:
– injury to the brain, spine or nerves
– poor blood supply to the nerves
– heavy drinking
– phantom pain after an amputation
– vitamin B12 or thiamine (vitamin B1) deficiency
– certain medicines
Conditions that can cause nerve pain include:
– infections such as shingles and HIV/AIDS
– multiple sclerosis
– cancer and its treatment (radiation, surgery, chemotherapy)
– trapped nerves, such as in carpal tunnel syndrome
Please note that this list is not exhaustive; there are other conditions associated with nerve pain.
There are several treatments for nerve pain and which one will work best is unique to each patient and depends on the cause of the pain and its intensity. Common treatments include:
– Epidural Steroid Injections
– Neurolytic Procedures (radiofrequency lesions)
– Occipital Nerve Injections
– Selective Nerve Root Injections
– Sphenopalatine Nerve Block
– Stellate Ganglion Block
– Suprascapular Nerve Block
– Sympathetic Blocks, Lumbar
– Spinal Cord Stimulation
– Trigeminal Nerve Blocks
If you are experiencing symptoms of nerve pain, come to Advanced Pain Management for a professional evaluation and treatments that deliver results. Call us today to book an appointment for nerve pain management, or visit our clinic conveniently located at 3727 NW 63rd Street, Suite 301, Oklahoma City, OK 73116. We serve patients from Oklahoma City OK, Valley Brook OK, Del City OK, Midwest City OK, Nichols Hills OK, Moore OK, and Smith Village OK. We look forward to serving you!