What are the causes for Nerve Pain?
Once you feel you are experiencing Nerve Pain, the best advice is to consult with your doctor to try to identify the source. Nerve Pain is caused by nerve damage. Some common identified causes of nerve pain are Diabetes, an injury you experienced at some point in your life, the side effects of Chemotherapy, or nerves coming in contact with say a bulging disc in spine. I experienced excruciating pain from a nerve ending coming in contact with the C3 disc in my neck.
Sometimes we’re fortunate enough to achieve positive identification of the problem, in my case an MRI enhanced with dye was used. Ultimately the nerve ending was cauterized to create a space between the nerve ending and the bulging disc. This procedure is called Radiofrequency (RFA) Ablasion. Fortunately I have been 95% pain free now for nearly 5 years.
Most doctors will tell you that the causes for nerve pain are a total mystery. But there lies a huge issue because the body is telling you there’s a problem and other things like an infection is occurring. There are situations that doctors run a series of test to identify the nerve that has began to misfire and they get lucky. At this point a treatment is prescribed and the patient gets better.
Diabetes – The most critical issue is to keep your Blood Sugar under control.
Exercise – A daily routine of walking is a great way to keep the blood flowing through your legs and feet. Reports show that this activity has reduced nerve pain. Every exercise must begin in small steps slowly increasing as your body will allow.
Don’t Mistreat Your Feet – Your feet is one of the most important things on your body. If you’re unable to walk you’re destined to have nerve damage and nerve pain at some point. Pay very close attention to any minor injuries that occur to your feet. Consult your doctor immediately if the injury doesn’t show signs of improvement within 24 hours. Do not wear cheap or worn out shoes. Arch support is really important and your feet should not hurt after a normal walk. Diabetics must really look out for any issues with their feet.
Minimize Consumption of Alcohol – Alcohol can be very problematic to damaged nerves. There’s no hard clad number when it comes to how many drinks is too many. But it’s better to be cautious than to be in extreme pain for an extended period due to one too many drinks. Don’t you think?
Warm Soaking Bath – I know the ladies really enjoy a long warm soaking bath. This not only assist in the relief of nerve pain but also reduces stress and tension. It’s well worth the try gentlemen to see what we’ve missed for a very long time in our lives. Heck give it a try, if it reduces the pain then just make it a routine.
Get a Good Nights Rest – The bedroom should be dedicated to two things only, sleep and sex. If you’re dealing with nerve pain you need a good comfortable bed and pillow, a quiet and dark room. Absolutely no television, iPad, iPhone, or Electronic Reader. It’s been proven that the blue light from these apparatus hinders your ability to go to sleep. It’s also highly recommended that your consumption of caffeine be limited after the noon hour. Remember coffee is not the only source of caffeine, iced tea and some soft drinks have a high concentration of caffeine. I recommend you check the product labels of all over the counter medicines for caffeine content. The doctors recommend you get a minimum of 8 solid hours of restful sleep every night. Trying to get sleep dealing with nerve pain can be a challenge.
Ointment Rubs – The OTC ointments for pain relief are abundant. One product that seems to help with nerve pain is Capsaicin if used as per the labeled instructions. Capsaicin cream is derived from hot peppers and can be a bit tough for some people to withstand. The initial burning sensation is tough in the beginning. Yet those patients that managed to get past this pain have realized relief to their nerve pain. There’s many more products that can be helpful like Blue Emu Cream, and Australian Green Cream. I’ve used these products with limited results but some relief.
Essential Oils – The product line my wife and I use every day are purchased from doTERRA. doTERRA supplies a cross reference list of oils per ailment that we find to really help. Essential oils have been used since biblical times some 3,000 years ago. These oils can be taken orally, diffused aromatically, and rubbed on to the effected area. Don’t just take my word for it research these essential oils using Google. There are numerous suppliers of essentials oils that are legitimate and trustworthy in every way. The bottom line is shop around.
Numbing the area – I normally keep a good supply of Lidocaine 5% Cream in my medicine cabinet for joint and back pain. This cream usually numbs the area well enough so that I can get some rest at night. My supply comes from a prescription source. There’s Lidocaine Creams available over the counter but the strength is not that of the prescription drug. The use of this type cream has been shown to be beneficial for nerve pain sufferers.
Helping Your Spouse to Deal with Nerve Pain – This topic is near to my heart. When I experienced the issues with excruciating nerve pain my wife stood by me from the beginning to the end. Every doctor appointment, every surgically administered pain block injection, every application of pain killing cream, every meal she prepared, and every chore she took on that was mine, she was there 100% every time. She was and is my rock. This was the first time in my life that I had ever went down for the count. It flat eat me up inside but she got me through it. Now 5 years later it is now my turn to return the favor. She’s dealing with fibromyalgia, knee pain, shoulder pain, and sciatic nerve pain. I do everything I can for her to relieve her pain, everything. I would take her pain if I could so she would not have to endure this. We’re working the issues via the specialist one step at a time. Love each other like you said in your vows; “Until Death Do Us Part”. Keep in mind always, you only have one life to live so do your very best to relieve someone’s pain.
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