What is nerve pain? Is it sciatica? Is it pins and needles? There are so many questions about nerve pain because no one fully understands it and if you haven’t experienced nerve pain before, it can be hard to comprehend.
Nerve pain is a particular type of pain that feels different from all other kinds of pain. This pain occurs when a health condition affects the nerve that carries sensations to the brain.
Examples of nerve pain are;
- Peripheral Neuropathy: weakness, numbness and pain from nerve damage, usually in extremities
- Sciatica: pain radiating along the sciatic nerve, which runs down one or both legs from the lower back
- Thoracic Radiculopathy: a rare disease of the root of a nerve in the middle section of the spine
- Trigeminal Neuralgia: a chronic pain condition affecting the trigeminal nerve in the face
Nerve pain often feels like heaviness down the limb, sharp sudden pain, shooting pain, electric shocks, burning, prickling, numbness, a change in sensation (people can be sensitive to touch or cold) or pins and needles. It can feel like you have a dead limb, it can move around the body, it can be a deep ache, it can make you feel nauseous or like you are losing your mind. That’s nerve pain. It can make you feel lonely because no one can relate, but we do at Enhance Physiotherapy. We have a deep understanding about making you know that nerve pain is real, it’s not in your head and help you learn more about your body.
The nerves are an electrical current running through your body that regulates everything from your heart beat to how we react in situations – nerves feed important information to your brain that maintains the systems running efficiently.
Nerve pain often interferes with important parts of life such as sleep, work, exercise and sex. Some people with nerve pain become angry and frustrated and may have anxiety and depression. This is all a normal part of suffering from nerve pain and we at Enhance Physiotherapy understand this and can help you recover from nerve pain.
There are many ways to treat nerve pain and the options are endless because at Enhance Physiotherapy we believe no one should settle for anything less than a pain free life. Treating the underlying cause is the first step. Come to Enhance Physiotherapy for a comprehensive assessment and a completely different look into your nerve pain.