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Major Causes of Nerve Pain

The body’s nerves serve as a signaling system that send messages from different parts of the body to the brain and spinal cord. A lot of times when people feel unexplained pain in the body, it is caused by issues with the nerves.

Nerve pain is a symptom caused by several health conditions. To get relief from nerve pain, it’s important to figure out the root cause of it and treat it. Let’s take a look at the major causes of nerve pain.

Peripheral Neuropathy

Nerves are the pathways that deliver messages to and from the brain. The network connecting the brain and spinal cord with the rest of the body are made up of the peripheral nerves. Our skin, internal organs, and muscles are connected to the brain and spinal cord through the network of nerves. If the peripheral nerves are damaged or diseased, the result is peripheral neuropathy. Pain and numbness of the limbs are symptoms associated with peripheral nerve damage.

Injuries to the Brain and Spine

A brain or spine injury can interrupt connections in the body and result in nerve pain. For example, a stroke victim may experience pain, as the blood flow to the brain is interrupted.

Sciatica The sciatic nerve is located along the lower spine and travels down each leg. When the sciatic nerve in the lower spine is injured, pinched, or irritated, the result is sciatica pain. Sciatica causes pain, a tingling sensation, and numbness in the lower back, buttocks, and legs.

Cancer Tumors pressing on nerves and nerve endings can also cause nerve pain. Nerve pain is also caused by some cancer treatments. In some cases, complications from chemotherapy and radiation can cause damage to nerves. Finally, complications in surgeries to remove tumors and growths can compromise nerve function and end up causing nerve pain.

Fibromyalgia The cause of fibromyalgia isn’t clearly defined, however it is a condition that causes chronic pain, fatigue, moodiness, and sleep problems. Experts say that fibromyalgia symptoms are connected with the body’s nerves.

Diabetes Diabetes is a condition in which the blood has too much glucose because the body is unable to produce and regulate insulin correctly. Diabetic neuropathy is a common condition associated with diabetes. It causes nerves to become damaged, which leads to pain in various parts of the body.

Alcohol Drinking excessive alcohol is dangerous for a number of reasons. One of them is damage to nerve health. This can result in a variety of symptoms, including nerve pain.

Postherpetic Neuralgia Nerve fibers can be damaged from postherpetic neuralgia, a condition that can develop as a result of shingles. The condition is more common among people who are older than 60.

Nerve Pain Treatment in Washington & New Mexico

At Lynx Healthcare, we treat nerve pain by finding and treating the root cause. We offer comprehensive medical services and would love to help you find relief.

If you are experiencing unexplained pain and are having difficulty finding treatments that provide effective relief, make an appointment with our experts today.

Call (509) 591-0070 to request an appointment. You can also request an appointment online.

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