Neuropathy, or commonly known as nerve pain or nerve damage, is a common condition where you nervous system is damaged. It can affect parts of your body (peripheral neuropathy, radial neuropathy, ulnar neuropathy), or the entire body.
Neuropathy can be caused by a medical condition (such as diabetes) or when your nerve is trapped (carpal tunnel syndrome), and lead to acute pain or chronic pain.There are more than 100 different types of nerve damage. The various types may have different symptoms and may require different types of treatment.
Neuropathy is common. It can occur at any age, but is more common among older adults. It can be managed by reducing your risk factors. Please discuss with your doctor for further information.
Depending on which nerve is damaged, the symptoms might be different, but generally, you can expect these symptoms when you have nerve damage.
Autonomic nerves – lose ability to control the involuntary or partially voluntary activities of your body.
Motor nerves – lose ability to control your movements and actions.
Sensory nerve – lose ability to feel pain and other sensations.
There may be some symptoms not listed above. If you have any concerns about a symptom, please consult your doctor.
If you have any signs or symptoms listed above or have any questions, please consult with your doctor. Everyone’s body acts differently. It is always best to discuss with your doctor what is best for your situation.
Neuropathy can have many causes. Some nerve damage will appear as a result of aging (peripheral neuropathy). Nerve damage can be a result of an injury such as a head trauma that lead to stretching, cutting or trapping of a nerve.
Many conditions can lead to neuropathy, including but not limited to:
There are many risk factors for neuropathy, such as:
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. ALWAYS consult with your doctor for more information.
Your doctor will check your symptoms and perform physical tests to see how you respond to stimulants. You might need some imaging tests (CT scan, MRI, MRI neurography) to see the extend of the nerve damage, or if any bones or muscle is trapping the nerve.
Your doctor might use a scale to describe your symptoms:
Depending on the severity of the damage, treatment may vary. In mild cases, rest and medications (pain relievers, tricyclic antidepressants, certain anti-seizure medications) are recommended to help the nerve heal and reduce symptoms. You might seek other therapy to help with discomfort such as acupuncture or massage therapy.
If your nerve damage is caused by a medical condition, your doctor will advise you to manage the underlying condition first. For example, if your nerve damage is caused by obesity, you will need to control your weight to relieve the symptoms. You might need to:
Depending on the type and severity of the injury, your doctor will discuss different methods of nerve repair and create a treatment plan that is appropriate for you.
The following lifestyles and home remedies might help you cope with neuropathy:
If you have any questions, please consult with your doctor to better understand the best solution for you. Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
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