How Does Neuropathic Pain Feel Like?

Some people may not know the difference between neuropathic pain and regular pain, and what is the best way to treat neuropathic pain. People who suffer from such pain sometimes describe the pain as a burning or shooting sensation. Furthermore, they may also experience tingling and numbness, and may even be hypersensitive to touch. This means that a touch that would normally be easily tolerated could feel extra sensitive and very painful.  Simply rubbing against things or being out in cold temperatures can trigger neuropathic pain.

Neuropathic pain is usually pain that is linked to the peripheral nervous system. This nervous system includes all the nerves within the human body, with the exception of the spinal cord and the brain. When there is damage to the peripheral nervous system, peripheral neuropathy may occur which results in patients feeling neuropathic pain.

What are the Causes of Neuropathic Pain?

There could be several reasons which lead to someone feeling neuropathic pain. Often times, healthcare professionals cannot completely narrow it down to a single cause, injury or disease which results in nerve damage. Many things could lead to nerve damage which eventually result in neuropathic pain, including a sports injury, a fall or a car accident. Here are some other reasons that could result in nerve damage:

  • Chemotherapy drugs
  • Alcoholism
  • Shingles
  • Diabetes
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Syphilis
  • Stroke
  • Radiation therapy

Getting Relief from Neuropathic Pain

The first thing your healthcare professional would want to do is to identify the root of the neuropathic pain. If another underlying health issue is resulting in the neuropathic pain such as diabetes, it is important to ensure that the other health conditions are under control first. Doctors may also prescribe antidepressant drugs or anti-seizure drugs to help tackle neuropathic pain in patients. 

When you are struggling with neuropathic pain, it is important to seek a healthcare professional who is knowledgeable in this field to help you with formulating a treatment plan that targets your issue and alleviates the pain and discomfort that you are feeling. It is incredibly frustrating and difficult having to live with neuropathic pain, and it could lead to patients being unable to function normally. Day-to-day activities become a chore which affects a patient’s mental health as well.

Head Pain Institute Can Help with Neuropathic Pain

If you are struggling with neuropathic pain, it is important to find a reliable provider to help you with your pain. At the Head Pain Institute, we have a team of highly trained and knowledgeable professionals who are able to properly diagnose and recommend the best treatment options for neuropathic pain. We understand the discomfort and frustration patients feel living with neuropathic pain, and so we are committed to do our best to help our clients live the best life they possibly can by alleviating debilitating neuropathic pain. 

If you are interested in finding out how the Head Pain Institute can help with neuropathic pain, feel free to contact us today!