Have you ever had hot burning feet and you cannot figure out why? Burning can be a symptom of nerve pain. Other symptoms include stabbing pains, prickly and tinkling symptoms. Nerve pain can be very hard to treat. I have certainly wondered why.
Pain is a warning to show that something is wrong. It is also a safeguard against harm such as putting your hand on a hot stove which would cause skin damage and more. However, sometimes nerve damage can give you pain when there is no sign of danger around; or the opposite may occur as nerve damage may not send out the warning signals at all.
Symptoms of nerve damage
Nerve pain can manifest itself in many ways. It can produce pain when you are just standing up, and it can render your body too sensitive to the environment such as feeling pain when you sleep on bed sheets.
Another symptom of nerve pain can be a numbing sensation in the hands making normal activities like writing, typing, knitting and preparing food difficult. Some individuals report that the feeling can be like wearing gloves which prevent or hinders normal hand activity.
Dangers of nerve damage
Nerve damage gets worse at night. If you have problems sleeping because of it please consult your doctor. Nerve pain can also produce muscle weakness and put people at risk for dropping things and falling. Nerve pain can affect the body’s equilibrium.
Since nerve pain can result in numbness many sufferers do not feel pain when they should and this condition can have serious results especially when you have injured yourself in some way and do not realize it.
Nerve damage often starts in the extremities; the feet and hands and gradually works up to the arms and legs. Left untreated it will get worse overtime. However, medication may curtail the damage or may get rid of it all together. A trip to the doctor is the first course to control nerve pain. The doctor will ask question such as what are your symptoms and when did it start before prescribing a treatment.
Many diabetics report nerve pain. Other conditions such as shingles or cancer may cause nerve pain. It is important to find out the cause for your nerve pain so that it can be managed.
Treatment for nerve pain
Over the counter medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen are often prescribed. Prescription medications and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) as well as topical creams, painkillers, gels oils and sprays can be used as well. Certain medications used for epilepsy and depression can be used to treat nerve pain.
Some people find acupuncture to help relief the pain cause by nerve damage. Some studies show that a diet lacking in vitamin B-12 can be the cause of nerve pain and getting a vitamin supplement may help. Make sure you consult with your doctor first about it.
Self-help for nerve pain
Eating right exercising controlling diabetes and weight can help prevent or alleviated chronic nerve pain.