Nerve pain. Those tiny nerves can cause such excruciating pain, and can be beyond frustrating and devastating. Nerve pain can disrupt your life at home or at work, limit your ability to get around, and wear you down. In fact, studies from Harvard show that people suffering from nerve pain have higher rates of anxiety and depression. It’s not easy to stay positive when you have persistent pain.
Let’s break down nerve pain—the ‘how’, ‘why’ and ‘what to do’.
How Does Nerve Pain Happen?
Nerve pain is caused by damage or an injury to the nerves, spinal cord or brain. There are countless nerves that make up the nervous system—they act like a series of electrical wires that connect your brain to the rest of your body. Under normal circumstances, nerves communicate messages that help protect the body from injury. With nerve pain, the nerves stop working correctly and start sending different signals to the brain.
Nerve Pain—What Causes It?
Nerves can become damaged or injured in a variety of different ways:
- Injury to the spine in an accident
- A pinched nerve
- A medical illness like shingles, diabetes, stroke, HIV infection, cancer or multiple sclerosis can cause nerve pain
- Phantom limb pain
How Nerve Pain Feels
Most people describe nerve pain with a similar set of words:
Nerve pain varies from person to person. For some, nerve pain can feel mildly aggravating, while others the nerve pain can be nearly unbearable.
I Think I Might Have Nerve Pain
When nerve pain isn’t managed properly, it can end up controlling the way you live. If you believe you may be experiencing nerve pain, it’s time to take action. Schedule an appointment with one of our skilled physicians to help you identify and treat your nerve pain with the best available solutions and therapies.