Fighting Multiple Sclerosis

Friday, April 22, 2011

Neuropathic Pain Problems

How many of us out there deal with the burdens from Neuropathic Pains? I Myself deals with these pains and find it hard to get a doctor to listen or even believe this is happening. I wanted to share some things I have found out about this problem. The causes, symptoms and some treatments. Unfortunately I currently receive no treatment for my pain and am forced to deal with it with a smile every day of my life.




So what is Neuropathic Pain?

Neuropathic pain is a complex, chronic pain state that usually is accompanied by tissue injury. With neuropathic pain, the nerve fibers themselves may be damaged, dysfunctional or injured. 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.

One example of neuropathic pain is called phantom limb syndrome. This occurs when an arm or a leg has been removed because of illness or injury, but the brain still gets pain messages from the nerves that originally carried impulses from the missing limb. These nerves now misfire and cause pain. Simply put Neuropathic Pain is the result of a damaged nerve.

What causes neuropathic pain?

Neuropathic pain often seems to have no obvious cause; but, some common causes of neuropathic pain include:

Alcoholism
Amputation
Back, leg, and hip problems
Chemotherapy
Diabetes
Facial nerve problems
HIV infection or AIDS
Multiple sclerosis
Shingles
Spine surgery

What are the symptoms of neuropathic pain?

Symptoms may include:

Shooting and burning pain
Tingling and numbness

Here are some ways Neuropathic Pain is treated.

Some neuropathic pain studies suggest the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as Aleve or Motrin, may ease pain. Some people may require a stronger painkiller, such as those containing morphine. Anticonvulsant and antidepressant drugs seem to work in some cases.

If another condition, such as diabetes, is involved, better management of that disorder may alleviate the pain.

In cases that are difficult to treat, a pain specialist may use invasive or implantable device therapies to effectively manage the pain. Electrical stimulation of the nerves involved in neuropathic pain generation may significantly control the pain symptoms.

Unfortunately, neuropathic pain often responds poorly to standard pain treatments and occasionally may get worse instead of better over time. For some people, it can lead to serious disability.

So how many of you fall under this category? Are you suffering from Neuropathic Pain as a result of your Multiple Sclerosis or another Disability listed above? If you are dealing with this does your doctors believe you and are they treating you. If so how are they treating you? Like I said in the beginning I suffer from this and my doctors do not believe me and or have decided not to treat me for it. So in my life God, friends and family are what get me through this. Do you have any advice to give me on speaking with my doctor about this? All comments and advice are wanted and welcome. Have a great Good Friday and God Bless All!!!

3 comments:

  1. I don't know what causes the awful feeling that I get - I has restless leg prior to ms - this seems similar but all over my body - bad in thighs - i bruise my thighs rubbing and hitting them - trying to get it to stop

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  2. April, I know exactly what you mean. This is severe spasms and I would recommend asking your doctor for some Baclofen. It works great! Best of luck to you.

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  3. Was looking out for info on neuropathic pain . Thanks for sharing!

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