NERVE PAIN

Our nerves in our body are designed to be very robust, being able to handle stretching and pressure forces on it. But once they are irritated, they can be very painful, affecting activities of daily living and cause distress. Depending on the severity, Nerve pain can often cause movement restrictions and discomfort to the neck, back, upper and lower limbs. It can also disrupt sleep and make it difficult to find positions of comfort.

 

Nerve pain can often be a sharp shooting lancinating pain. Sciatica / radicular pain or parathesia (feelings of tingling, burning, numbness, altered sensation) are common terms used to describe buttock, leg or arm pain from nerve inflammation/compression originating from the lower back or neck.

 

Common medical diagnostic labels for nerve pain include: radicular pain, radiculopathy that maybe caused by protrusion or prolapse of disc or spinal canal or transforaminal narrowing (i.e. stenosis) from which the nerve exits in the low back or neck.

 

In many cases sciatica is linked to nerve inflammation +/- compression. This is where the painful nerve is inflamed by the body’s chemical inflammation that can mechanically result in compression. For some cases, the nerve is functioning well, in which leg power, sensation and reflexes are normal.

 

In situations where nerve is compressed, one will likely experience neural deficits (i.e. Leg numbness, power loss and reflexes). However, should one experience progressive loss of leg power, or sensation loss over genital areas with inability to pass urine, it is important to seek urgent medical attention.

 

In most cases, the natural healing of nerve pain conditions are good, many report resolving symptoms within 3months of the right treatment. In refractory persistent nerve pain cases lasting more than 3months, however might require medical intervention.

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