Living with pain sidelines your life. It gets to the point where when you’re dealing with chronic pain, the chronic pain is the only thing that you’re thinking about. It prevents you from sleeping, it prevents you from moving around, and it prevents you from enjoying time with friends and family. Neuropathy can be challenging to deal with because in addition to the pain itself, there comes the frustration of not always being able to clearly identify where the pain is coming from or clearly identify how to address the pain. In most cases, this pain has some link to tissue injury. It is often connected to nerve fibers that have been damaged, injured, or have become dysfunctional in some way. As a result, your nerve fibers are sending erratic signals to your brain, and the function of the nerves either at the injury point or around the injury is not the same as it used to be.
To understand how complicated neuropathy is, you can think about something that physicians refer to as phantom limb syndrome. This is a condition where a person has a limb amputated, but the brain is still receiving signals from the missing limb. The nerves are misfiring, and the signals that are being sent to the brain cause pain.
Neuropathic pain at times seems like it has no obvious cause. In other cases, the pain can be linked to things like:
· Multiple Sclerosis
· Spinal Surgery
Neuropathic pain varies in how it is felt. For some people, it exhibits itself as a shooting pain. Others feel it as a burning sensation, while others have a tingling or a numbing pain.
It can be challenging for doctors to accurately diagnose neuropathy. If the condition behind the neuropathic pain is identified, such as diabetes, then steps can be taken to manage the diabetes with the goal of eliminating the pain.
As was mentioned at the outset, it can be difficult to identify the reason behind the neuropathic pain. And so, our specialists may need to use a variety of techniques with the goal of trying to find the one thing that is going to control the pain symptoms.
Thankfully, there are therapies available at Principled Healthcare Solutions that have been able to help people living with this condition manage their pain and get control of their life. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our office in Hamilton!