Nerve Pain Coconut Creek, FL
Nerve pain typically occurs when a nerve becomes damaged due to a health condition or injury. Living with nerve pain can make it difficult to perform normal daily activities and prevent individuals from staying active. Nerve pain causes numbness, weakness, and burning sensations in the affected area, which may affect an entire body part. Treatment can help alleviate pain and the other symptoms associated with your condition.
At Interventional Pain & Wellness Center, we offer treatment for patients with nerve pain. Our team can assess your case and determine the cause and exact location of your pain and recommend viable treatment options. To learn more about a procedure or schedule an appointment, call (954) 633-2397 today.
Understanding Nerve Pain
Neuropathic pain occurs due to a dysfunction of or damage to the nervous system. These dysfunctional or damaged nerves misfire pain signals and then fire pain signals for no apparent reason. Neuropathic pain is often chronic, but it can sometimes go away on its own.
Nerve damage or nerve pain commonly occurs when a health condition or injury affects the signals that reach the brain. In most cases, nerve pain feels much different than other types of pain. The four types of nerve pain include post-herpetic (happens after a patient has had shingles and affects the same area as the shingles rash); trigeminal (causes pain in the jaw or cheek); occipital (causes pain at the base of the skull that can spread to the back of the head); and pudendal (causes pain in the ‘saddle area’ between the legs).
Symptoms of Nerve Pain
The signs and symptoms of nerve damage typically involve chronic pain and other symptoms associated with the patient’s condition. Symptoms will vary depending on the cause, location, and type of nerve damage. However, many patients experience common symptoms surrounding the nerve in question, including shooting, stabbing, or burning sensations, and are sensitive to touch and certain stimuli.
Depending on the damaged nerves, patients may also experience symptoms such as facial pain, fatigue and weakness, numb fingers, tingling, and a feeling like walking on glass. These typically affect those body parts with a damaged nerve, whether that be the face, hands, feet, or legs.
It is important to note that this is not an exhaustive list. Patients may experience these or other symptoms depending on their condition, especially if taking medications for other health conditions. Patients should seek immediate medical attention if they experience chronic nerve pain or believe they may have a damaged nerve.
Common Causes of Nerve Pain
Nerve pain typically results from damage to any of the nerves that run from the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) to other muscles and organs. It can also occur from a problem in the nervous system itself. This is usually due to an injury or underlying health condition.
Common causes of nerve pain include but are not limited to:
- An injury to the brain, spine, or nerves
- Certain medicines
- Heavy drinking
- Phantom pain after an amputation
- Poor blood supply to the nerves
- Vitamin B12 or thiamine (vitamin B1) deficiency
Health-related conditions and diseases that may affect or contribute to nerve pain include:
- Cancer and its treatment with radiation, surgery, or chemotherapy
- Infections such as shingles and HIV/AIDS
- Multiple sclerosis
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Trapped nerves, such as in carpal tunnel syndrome
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Pinched nerves are a common injury especially in those over 50. Pinched nerves affect about 85 out of every 100,000 adults in the United States annually. A pinched nerve occurs when too much pressure is put on the nerve by the surrounding tissue, compressing the nerve. This can result in tingling, numbness, and pain in different body areas.
Most pinched nerves occur in the neck and back. However, they can also occur in other areas, such as wrists, hands, and elbows. Symptoms of a pinched nerve include a sharp pain that radiates out, numbness in an extremity, muscle weakness, or a tingling feeling.
Nerve Pain Treatments
Nerve pain is typically diagnosed through a series of tests and a thorough physical examination. During the examination, we will test the patient’s nerve pain by assessing the strength of the muscles, checking their reflexes, and determining their touch sensitivity. We will likely order imaging tests, such as a CT scan and MRI, to check for a pinched or compressed nerve. We may also run blood tests to rule out any other health conditions that may be causing the patient’s pain. Lastly, nerve conduction tests can measure how quickly the nerves carry electrical signals to the central nervous system, which can help us diagnose the type of nerve damage or pain the patient is experiencing.
The first step to treating and alleviating nerve pain is treating the underlying condition, if possible. In most cases, this includes pain-relief medications, exercise, acupuncture, and relaxation techniques. Some health conditions are difficult to treat or untreatable, such as diabetes, but can ease the pain and associated symptoms. Once the cause, location, and type of nerve pain are identified, we will curate a custom treatment plan to target the patient’s goals, depending on their preferences.
Frequently Asked Questions About Nerve Pain
Q. When should I see a healthcare provide about a pinched nerve
A. Much of the time, a pinched nerve will resolve with rest and home treatment. However, you should seek medical help if the pain is severe. If the pinched nerve keeps reoccurring or lasts for longer than a few days, see a healthcare professional.
Q. How do I know if I’m experiencing nerve pain or normal pain?
A. Nerve pain typically occurs in certain areas of the body that contain nerves, such as the hands, feet, arms, legs, face, and neck. The most common symptoms of nerve pain include numbness or tingling sensations, loss of balance, throbbing and sharp pain, extreme sensitivity to touch, weakness, and dramatic drops in blood pressure. These should be examined as soon as possible.
Q. What are the common causes of nerve pain?
A. Common causes of nerve, or neuropathic, pain include nerve pressure or nerve damage after surgery or trauma, injury, viral infections, cancer, vascular malformations, alcoholism, neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis, and metabolic conditions such as diabetes.
Q. Does nerve pain ever go away?
A. Unfortunately, chronic nerve pain rarely goes away completely. However, a combination of multidisciplinary treatments, such as pain management treatment, physical therapy, regular exercise, and medication, can provide significant relief. We can help assess your case and determine viable treatment options for you.
Q. Can vitamins and supplements help with nerve pain?
A. Vitamins B-1, B-6, and B-12 have been found to be especially beneficial for helping ease nerve pain. Vitamin B-1, also known as thiamine, helps to reduce pain and inflammation and vitamin B-6 preserves the covering on nerve endings. B-12 helps with energy and keeps the body active in a natural way.
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By visiting us as soon as possible, our team can help get you the professional treatment you need. Instead of waiting around and allowing the symptoms to get worse, we can provide you with treatment options.
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Nerve pain consultations and treatments are available at our office. The Interventional Pain & Wellness Center team looks forward to treating you and helping reduce your pain and other symptoms. Call our office at 954-633-2397 to learn more or schedule an appointment.
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