What can I do About Nerve Pain?

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum
Medications and physical therapy can help sooth neuralgia, or nerve pain.
Medications and physical therapy can help sooth neuralgia, or nerve pain.

Living with nerve pain can make a huge impact on the quality of life. Depending on the cause and severity of the pain, it may be difficult to move about and enjoy daily tasks such as going to work, shopping, or even sitting comfortably in a chair to watch television. Fortunately, there are ways to deal with the symptoms of nerve pains as well as to identify and alleviate the causes.

Medications are available to treat nerve pain.
Medications are available to treat nerve pain.

If you currently suffer with nerve pain, your first order of business is to see your doctor. Before your condition can be treated, it is important to know what is causing the discomfort in the first place. For example, the course of treatment for some form of neuralgia will not necessarily be appropriate for addressing pain from sciatica. Once there is a clear diagnosis of why you are experiencing nerve pain, your doctor can help you find ways to treat the root cause as well as manage the pain in the interim.

A doctor can prescribe medication for nerve pain.
A doctor can prescribe medication for nerve pain.

Medication can often help contain nerve pain caused by neuralgia. While painkillers are an obvious choice, there are also other prescription medicines that may be more appropriate. Antidepressants have proven helpful in reducing the severity of nerve pain by regulating key chemicals in the brain that affect mood and also can alter the way your mind perceives pain.

Some anticonvulsant medications are also helpful with nerve pain. The properties of these types of medications may help to stabilize the level of electrical activity in your nervous system, essentially calming your overexcited nerves. As with antidepressants, your physician will likely prescribe a smaller amount of the medication than would be needed to control convulsions.

When medication does not seem to alleviate the nerve pain, other neuropathic approaches may be employed. One option is a treatment known as transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation or TENS may be a good option. Essentially, small electrodes are placed over the area where the nerve pain seems to originate. The electrodes can be employed to deliver a small electrical current to the nerves, possibly triggering the production of endorphins or assisting your nerves to begin firing in a more consistent and stable pattern.

Physical therapy may be a viable option with sciatica and conditions such as a damaged disk. Often, the therapy will include exercises that help to slowly correct posture problems and relieve stress on the spinal column. Along with gradually reducing nerve pain, physical therapy can also help minimize the chances of recurring pain in the future.

When other forms of neuropathy do not seem to be successful, it may be necessary to resort to surgery. This is especially true if your doctor finds evidence of inflammation or pressure on the nerves that must be corrected before permanent damage takes place. In general, healthcare professionals consider all non-surgical options before making a determination that surgery is necessary. Should you require a surgical procedure to alleviate the nerve pain, make sure you speak with your doctor about how to prepare for the surgery as well as what to expect after the surgery is conducted.

Keep in mind that many types of nerve pain are short-term issues that your physician can identify and treat with relative ease. By obtaining the right medical treatment, you can effectively plot a course for reducing and possibly eliminating the pain from your life.

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

After many years in the teleconferencing industry, Michael decided to embrace his passion for trivia, research, and writing by becoming a full-time freelance writer. Since then, he has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including wiseGEEK, and his work has also appeared in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and several newspapers. Malcolm’s other interests include collecting vinyl records, minor league baseball, and cycling.

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

After many years in the teleconferencing industry, Michael decided to embrace his passion for trivia, research, and writing by becoming a full-time freelance writer. Since then, he has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including wiseGEEK, and his work has also appeared in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and several newspapers. Malcolm’s other interests include collecting vinyl records, minor league baseball, and cycling.

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BostonIrish

@hangugeo112

It is interesting that you raise this important parallel. I think that as the world is interconnected at an alarming rate every day, we are learning to listen and respond to each other on a global scale. The hierarchy and staleness of classism and issues of poverty are being dealt with in the global body.

hangugeo112

@Qohe1et

I can't help but notice the parallels in society as to how teams are supposed to function as individuals. We as humans are the most advanced animals, and have regions of the brain which are designed specifically for mutuality and sympathetic feelings of pain. We are really meant to understand and feel when other people are suffering and respond accordingly.

Qohe1et

Nerve pain is chemical, electrical, and physical. This is because the nervous system encompasses and unites all of these aspects of the human body to help us feel how our body is doing and keep ourselves protected. In order for a body to appropriately pursue the goals of the mind, it needs to keep in good condition and work well in a group.

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    • Medications and physical therapy can help sooth neuralgia, or nerve pain.
      Medications and physical therapy can help sooth neuralgia, or nerve pain.
    • Medications are available to treat nerve pain.
      Medications are available to treat nerve pain.
    • A doctor can prescribe medication for nerve pain.
      A doctor can prescribe medication for nerve pain.