What is Neuropathic Pain and How to Manage It?

Neuropathic pain happens when there is damage or injury to the nerves, or a disease affecting the transmission of information from the brain to the skin, the muscles and the rest of the body. The pain may feel like numbness, soreness, pins and needles, a burning sensation, or excruciating at even the slightest pressure.

If you suspect of suffering from neuropathic pain, don’t hesitate to consult our doctors in Aventura pain management for a complete evaluation and medical management.

Causes of Neuropathic Pain 

According to the World Journal of Diabetes, some 30 percent of neuropathic pain is actually felt by people suffering from diabetes. However, this condition may also develop in people with diseases affecting the central nervous system, such as Parkinson's, stroke or multiple sclerosis.

People who have had an amputation or could be suffering from trauma or nerve damage as a result of an accident or surgery may also experience neuropathic pain. Those undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy may also have neuropathic pain as one of the side effects of their treatment.

Common Symptoms of Neuropathic Pain

The signs of neuropathic pain may differ with each patient. Not all symptoms may be present or the stimuli may be brought on by various sources, such as cold or heat or even an unpleasant sensation.

Neuropathic pain may also lead to sleep problems, according to a study in the journal Pain and Therapy. If it gets worse, then the sleep problems could lead to emotional problems that may impact a person's mental health, demeanor, and overall behavior.

Treating Neuropathic Pain

It's important for the Aventura pain management doctor to determine the causes of pain. If the patient has a chronic or underlying disease, then avoiding triggers that may cause neuropathic pain should be the best approach. If necessary, a lifestyle or diet change, or even a change in environment or routines may help the patient lessen the triggers.

In most cases, doctors prescribe medication to help the patient manage and control the pain. The patient may be given anti-seizure drugs, antidepressants, or opioids with stronger components since regular pain medication will not be helpful for this type of pain.

Innovative pain management methods that your doctor may also recommend include spinal cord stimulation, platelet-rich plasma injections, stem cell therapy, and epidural steroid injections.

If the pain is due to other causes, such as in the case of an amputated limb, the doctor may recommend physical therapy as well as psychological treatment. According to a study in the journal Revista Dor, a regular TENS program in conjunction with other treatment plans in patients who have lost their limbs or have undergone major surgery may bring effective relief from neuropathic pain.

Outlook for Patients With Neuropathic Pain

Though neuropathic pain is not a threat to life, it can impact a patient's way of living. But with persistent and consistent management or treatment, including psychosocial support from family, friends, and medical workers, the patient has a greater chance of rehabilitation no matter how long the process. 

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Our pain clinic in Pembroke Pines offers comprehensive and interventional pain management services. Our pain specialists are experts in performing procedures, such as spinal cord stimulation, platelet-rich plasma injections, epidural steroid injections and other innovative techniques. All of which help relieve your pain and regain your quality of life.

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