Neuropathic pain is a condition that occurs after damage or dysfunction of the nervous system. Normally, pain is due to an injury or illness. However, with neuropathic pain, no event or injury causes the pain. Instead, the body just sends pain signals to your brain unprompted. Pain centres receive the wrong signals from the damaged nerve fibres.
Neuropathic pain is the result of nerve damage or a malfunction of the nervous system. While there is no obvious cause of neuropathic pain, the following are some possible causes:
People who are at a higher risk of getting neuropathic pain are:
Signs & Symptoms:
Neuropathic pain symptoms are characterised by:
For neuropathic pain diagnosis, the experts at Medcare would require details of other diseases and medical history as it is important to get to the root cause of the pain.
For the best neuropathic pain treatment, consult a specialist at the Neurology Department of Medcare. Essentially, our neurologist will treat the underlying cause of the pain. So, management of disorders that are causing the pain will have to be treated first and it is our endeavour to ensure that no further nerve damage takes place. In this condition the patient requires holistic treatment that includes both medication and therapy:
A: Neuropathic pain is a severe, burning pain due to a damaged nerve.
A: There is no cure for this pain but symptoms can be alleviated through pain-killers, anti-depressant and anti-convulsant medication, and electrically stimulating the nerves.
A: A PENS machine delivers low voltage electrical current to the peripheral nerves through probes that are placed just under the skin. While this does not destroy the nerves, it does makes them less sensitive to pain. PENS therapy works by altering the state of the nerves, which gives some relief from pain.
A: Yes, you should definitely consult a qualified physiotherapist at Medcare and discuss how your neuropathic pain can be better controlled. Physiotherapy can help to improve muscle strength and has been found to reduce neuropathic pain.
If the root cause of the pain is diabetes, then physiotherapy can help to control blood sugar levels. With a combination of aerobic, flexibility, strength training and balance exercises, you will be able to manage your neuropathic pain better.