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 South Florida pain management for a complete evaluation and medical management.
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.
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.
It's important for a 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, 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.
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.
Our pain clinics in Hollywood, Aventura and Pembroke Pines, offer 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.
If you feel any sort of pain, do not hesitate to contact our pain management doctors. With a vast experience in treating various pain-causing conditions, we can help you get back to your normal life and everyday activities.
Dr. Luis Escobar is Board Certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology, the American Board of Pain Medicine and Diplomat of the American Academy of Pain Management. He has been practicing in the area for over fifteen years. He has lectured in the community as well as mass media on various topics in Pain Management.
Dr. Lucien C. Alexandre, MD Ph.D., is a triple board-certified interventional pain doctor and neurologist. He specializes in interventional pain medicine, interventional headaches, and neurology. His extensive academic experience and professional training at some of the world’s most prestigious medical institutions have made him an expert in the field of interventional pain medicine and neurological disorders.
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