Chronic Nerve Pain
If you have recently been diagnosed with chronic nerve pain chances are you are desperately looking for chronic pain help. When you are dealing with chronic pain that is related to your nerves you often wonder what is causing it and what you can do to relieve it. Nerve pain or neuropathic pain is caused by a variety different things because of that it is also treated using a variety of different methods.
Nerve pain or neuropathic pain occurs when an injury or illness damages your central nervous system. There are many different things that can cause your central nervous system to become damaged. The most common culprits of central nervous system damage would be arthritis, injury, shingles and diabetes.
The reason that injury and illness can result in nerve damage is fairly simple. Injury and illness can lead to inflammation and that can cause nerves to become trapped, pinched or compressed. If your nerve pain is caused by an injury, a nerve or group of nerves may have also been torn or severed. In addition to that, excessive alcohol consumption can poison your nerves causing damage and diabetes can cause your body's level of glycosated hemoglobin to rise which also leads to nerve damage.
Dealing with chronic pain from nerve damage can be very difficult. The symptoms of chronic nerve pain would include stinging, shooting pain, hot poker sensation, electric shock sensation, sensitivity to touch, numbness and tingling. These sensations are often debilitating which is what leads most people to seek chronic pain help. Fortunately, there are a number of different chronic pain medications prescribed specifically for nerve related pain.
When you are dealing with nerve pain your doctor may prescribe you an anticonvulsant rather than one of the other more common chronic pain medications. Anticonvulsants work extremely well for people with chronic pain because they interfere with the brains ability to send pain signals. Most likely your doctor will prescribe you Neurontin or Lyrica to help relieve your pain. However, depending on your situation they may prescribe Tegretal, Topamax or Dilantin.
It would not be uncommon for your doctor to prescribe an opioid pain reliever to help ease chronic nerve pain. Opiod pain relievers are most often prescribed to relieve moderate to severe pain. Most likely your doctor will warn you not to take an opioid pain reliever on a daily basis. This is because opioids can be addictive when they are taken regularly. The most commonly prescribed opioids would include morphine, oxycodone and hydrocodone. In some cases they may be prescribed in combination with other pain relievers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
Your doctor will probably recommend a variety of other therapies or treatments to help relieve your chronic nerve pain. It is best not to rely solely on pain medication for your relief. Your best chance for optimal recovery from chronic pain is to use medication and other treatments like physical therapy and counseling in conjunction with one another. Living a productive and normal life is possible even when you suffer from nerve pain.
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