When nerve fibres are injure or do not operate as they should, a condition known as neuropathic pain may develop. This kind of pain is also known as neuralgia, and it is characterise by the transmission of faulty signals to the regions of the brain that process pain. A condition of chronic pain is the end outcome of this alteration in nerve function.
Pain that is referre to as “shooting,” “stabbing,” or “scorching” as well as numbness and a tingling feeling are all potential indicators of neuropathy. It’s possible that this will just affect one side of your body, or it might impact both sides. The injured nerve might be anywhere in the body, but the face and the neck are the most typical locations for it.
Your nerve damage might have been brought on by a condition such as diabetes or multiple sclerosis, an infection such as shingles or HIV, an operation, chemotherapy, an accident, drug misuse, or just the natural process of ageing. Neuropathies are said to be “central” when the issues that cause them originate in the brain or the spinal cord.
There are certain forms of neuropathy for which the underlying cause cannot be determine.
Evaluation and Classification of Neuropathic Pain
Our experts will question you about your medical history and will have you explain your pain, including when it happens and if anything in particular is a trigger for it. This information will be use to diagnose neuropathic pain. We will do a medical examination, and if the discomfort is located in your face, we may advise you to have a dental examination to assess whether or not issues with your teeth are likely to be the root of the problem. The following are examples of possible additional tests:
Tests of the blood to examine levels of glucose in the blood and kidney function
A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam to rule in or rule out multiple sclerosis.
A nerve conduction test is performe in order to evaluate the possibility of nerve injury.
In most cases, the root cause of neuropathic pain cannot be identified. Nevertheless, neuropathic pain may be brought on by a variety of common diseases and situations, such as:
Sprain or tear of the spinal cord
Trauma Sustained in Athletic Competition
Arthritis or a herniated disc
Choices Available for the Management of Neuropathic Pain
If our staff determines that another underlying ailment is the root cause of your neuropathy, we will coordinate the treatment of that condition with the right experts and make the necessary arrangements. If this therapy does not assist alleviate your pain, we will explore other treatment options in order to identify the modality that will work best for you in order to handle the problem.
The following list of treatment modalities may be appropriate for some varieties of neuralgia:
Physiotherapy, massage, and other forms of relaxation therapy
Control of blood sugar levels (where diabetes is the known cause)
Psychotherapy and Medication (especially anticonvulsant and antidepressant drugs to effectively control the pain)
Surgical procedure to either sever the nerve or alleviate pressure on it
The implantation of a device that stimulates electrical nerves
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