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Nerve Pain

Causes of nerve pain

“Burning”, “boring”, “stabbing”, and “constant” are the most common descriptors of nerve pain. This pain typically follows some sort of trauma or is the result of degeneration of the nervous system. The trauma may be a direct injury to a nerve following an accident or surgery, or it may occur on a more microscopic level leading to complex regional pain syndrome.

Degenerative causes of nerve pain include peripheral neuropathy, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and ALS. As a group, these types of pain are some of the most severe that we treat. We are fortunate to be able to offer promising, newer therapies.

Understanding nerve pain

Nerve pain occurs when your nervous system becomes damaged or isn’t working properly for whatever reason. Nerve pain can originate from any level of the nervous system, like the peripheral nerves, spinal cord, or brain. The spinal cord and the brain make up the central nervous system, while peripheral nerves include nerves that spread throughout the rest of your body. Peripheral nerves serve the organs, arms, legs, fingers, and toes.

Because of the difficulty in treating this type of pain, we frequently encounter patients who have suffered for decades with an identical pain syndrome. When nerve pain results from trauma, the patient can usually remember the exact day their pain began. There is nothing more gratifying for our team than to hear patients tell us that the pain they have been living with for so long is now essentially gone.