Causes and Treatment for Nerve Pain
There are countless nerves in our body that send signals to the brain including pain signals. It is very important to protect our bodies against external damage. But, this signal does not work properly in people with nerve pain. They may get the sensation of pain but without understanding its cause. Nerve pain, also known as peripheral neuropathy or peripheral neuritis, usually occurs due to some physical damage or disease.
IMPORTANT CAUSES OF NERVE PAIN
Cancer and other tumors can cause neuropathic pain because the tumors press on the surrounding nerves.
A diabetic person suffers from nerve pain as high levels of glucose in the blood can damage the nerves.
If a person suffers from postherpetic neuralgia then a person may suffer from severe nerve pain. Nerves can also be cut, compressed or crushed due to some physical injuries and this can lead to nerve pain.
Chemotherapy or any other long-term medications can also cause nerve pain.
HIV patients have a higher inclination of nerve damage which can cause nerve pain
TREATMENT OF NERVE PAIN
Treatment based on the cause
Treatment for nerve pain depends on the age of the patient, the underlying cause, the cost, and the potential side effects. In such cases, a person will have to seek treatment for the underlying disease.
Various treatment options for nerve pain include topical treatments, anticonvulsants, antidepressants, pain killers, electrical stimulation, and in some cases involves the use of surgery.
Medications can help in treating Nerve Pain
Treatment of nerve pain includes the use of anticonvulsants and tricyclic antidepressants such as Amitriptyline, Nortriptyline, and Desipramine.
There are also other prescribed antidepressants like venlafaxine and bupropion which are very effective for some people. The doctor may also prescribe Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) such as Paroxetine and Citalopram.
A doctor may prescribe anticonvulsants along with antidepressants to a patient suffering from nerve pain.
Tricyclic antidepressants can help in dealing with nerve pain caused due to diabetes, HIV, or cancer chemotherapy.
Sometimes topical treatments like creams, gels, lotions, and patches help deal with nerve pain.
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