Neuropathic pain is a complex, chronic pain usually occurring in the hands and feet state that is sometimes accompanied by tissue injury. Neuropathic pain involves damage or injury to the nerve fibers themselves. These damaged nerve fibers send incorrect signals to other pain centers. The impact of nerve fiber injury includes a change in nerve function both at the site of injury and areas around the injury. Neuropathic pain symptoms may include:
To diagnose neuropathic pain, you will have a frank discussion of symptoms with your doctor followed by a physical exam. The doctor may ask you to describe your pain, when the pain occurs, or whether anything specific triggers the pain. The doctor may also request both blood and nerve tests. Some common causes of neuropathic pain include:
Once the pain has been diagnosed by a professional, a treatment plan is made to address your individual symptoms.
Curing neuropathic pain is dependent on discovering the underlying cause. Various medications have been used in an attempt to treat neuropathic pain such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or tricyclic antidepressants. Another common treatment of neuropathic pain includes anti-seizure medications. Because pain medication by itself has not always proven effective, a multidisciplinary approach that combines therapies, and has been proven a more beneficial way to provide relief from neuropathic pain.
Other types of treatments that can be used for treating neuropathic pain include:
For more information on how neuropathic pain can be treated at Neurology Los Angeles, contact the offices today.
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