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Dr. Katharine Cox
842 Doctors shared insights

Nerve Pain (Overview)

Neuralgia is a sharp, shocking pain that follows the path of a nerve and is due to irritation or damage to the nerve.


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What are the common medical conditions that cause nerve pain/damage?

What are the common medical conditions that cause nerve pain/damage?

Brain/Spine Injury: Pain can be the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist. Other pain syndromes can be from spinal cord injury or brain injury or just injury to a limb resulting in complex regional pain syndrome. ...Read more

Dr. Katharine Cox
842 Doctors shared insights

Nerve Pain (Overview)

Neuralgia is a sharp, shocking pain that follows the path of a nerve and is due to irritation or damage to the nerve.


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Does diebet nerve pain mean amputation?

Does diebet nerve pain mean amputation?

No: But if the diabetic pain is associated with decreased foot sensation it is important to take precautions so an amputation does not happen. Protecting the feet is crucial. Always using shoes (even inside the house), checking the feet everyday and early treatment of any foot issues is the best way to prevent any problems that may eventually result in amputation. ...Read more

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Nerve pain (Tip)

Live with the pain instead of for the pain. ...See more

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Treating a Pinched Nerve (Checklist)

Exercise and stretch
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Get an X-ray/MRI if pain lasts more than 4 weeks
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See a spine/pain specialist if pain doesn't improve
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How can one treat nerve pain?

How can one treat nerve pain?

Conservatively: With musculo-skeletal pain treat with pt and home exercise. Medications for nerve pain can be used but cause side effects. Consider topical compounding ointment, followed by non-opiate meds. Anti-seizure meds like neuron tin, tricyclic antidepressants, snri antidepressants like Cymbalta (duloxetine) have been effective. Nerve blocks, neuroablation, spinal cord or peripheral nerve stimulators can be effective. ...Read more

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I have a nerve pain headache in the back of my head, on theleft side but it is not horribly painful. I had a CT scan a weekago and it was clean. I have a history of syrinx. I have anappointment with the neurologist tomorrow. What can causethis?

I have a nerve pain headache in the back of my head, on theleft side but it is not horribly painful. I had a CT scan a weekago and it was clean. I have a history of syrinx. I have anappointment with the neurologist tomorrow. What can causethis?

Occipital neuralgia: You may have occipital neuralgia. Its hard to tell without more history and physical exam, but sharp shooting pains starting at the base of your skull that radiates up one side of your head can certainly be related to that. However, with the syrinx history I am certainly glad you are seeing your neurologist just to be safe. Diagnostic nerve block can tell you if it's occipital neuralgia. Good luck! ...Read more

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Managing Neck Pain (Checklist)

Use your pain medication as directed
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Avoid fast movements
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See your doctor if your neck pain hasn't improved in 1 week
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My dr treated my sciatic nerve pain with a depo-medrol injection, is that ok?

My dr treated my sciatic nerve pain with a depo-medrol injection, is that ok?

Its a start: An epidural injection would be of help. An intramuscular injection less so. ...Read more

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Nerve pain (Tip)

Living with back pain can be a pain in the back. ...See more

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Managing Knee Pain (Checklist)

Try to determine the cause
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If swollen, ice the knee with a bag of ice, frozen peas, etc.
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See a doctor
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Consider seeing a physical therapist
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Is lyrica (pregabalin) a good treatment for nerve pain?

Is lyrica (pregabalin) a good treatment for nerve pain?

Yes: Lyrica (pregabalin) is an effective medicine for treatment of various neuropathic or nerve generated pain such as post herpetic neuralgia (shingles). As with all anti-neuropathic medicines the response varies from patient to patient. ...Read more

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What are the most successful treatments for nerve pain in head, neck and upper right side of back?

What are the most successful treatments for nerve pain in head, neck and upper right side of back?

See pain specialist: There are many innovative methods used today to treat chronic pain for long term relief. An interventional pain specialist can help to diagnose and design a treatment plan right for you. ...Read more

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Nerve pain (Tip)

Turmeric is great for joint pain! ...See more

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Managing Pain from Cancer (Checklist)

Ask an oncologist to refer you to a cancer pain specialist
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Ask a pain specialist about both interventional and medication options
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If you have pancreatic cancer, ask about a celiac plexus block
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If you have neuropathy, request a trial of ketamine-based topical creams
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Is there a cure for nerve pain in the back and legs?

Is there a cure for nerve pain in the back and legs?

May be: You could cure nerve pain if no scar in the nerve or what we call permanent change in the structure of the nerve, if you have changes in the nerve I doubt you could.
In this situation we resort to a lot of methods of pain relief. (pain management). ...Read more

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How can I get rid of syatic nerve pain?

How can I get rid of syatic nerve pain?

Sciatica: Try ibuprofen, naproxen, gentle exercise, stretching.

If this doesn't help you should see a spine specialist. ...Read more

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Nerve pain (Tip)

Desensitization is a great way to lessen incisional pain. ...See more

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Living with Ongoing Pain (Checklist)

Go to a physician who is trained to treat chronic pain
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Continue to look for more therapies that might be right for you
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Make sure to keep moving, as pain will only get worse
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Consider counseling for coping strategies
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Can drugs for nerve pain like amitriptyline be so good that discontinuation of painkillers is possible?

Pain and adjuvants: In the treatment of pain, we use many medicines from vitamins, medical foods, nutraceuticals, and pharmacologics. Often but not always, opioids are necessary, but patient desires and cooperation do help, on choosing correct treatment approaches.
Tricyclics, like amitriptyline, treat let pain in diabetes very well, and help, prevent migraine headaches. Duloxitine helps treat 4 pain indications ...Read more

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I have a shooting pain in lower back down in my right leg. Is this sciatic nerve pain? How can I prevent this?

Sciatica?: Symptoms sound consistent with sciatica, however, c your doc for an eval to receive proper diagnosis. If sciatica, cause must b must be determined & treated if necessary. Usually standing causes pain to be worse, as does sitting. Lying is usually more comfortable. If your doc agrees that these are safe 4 u, NSAID or Tylenol (acetaminophen) may help, as well as physical therapy. C ur doc & feel btr soon :) ...Read more

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Managing Back Pain (Checklist)

Lose weight
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Reduce stress by moving gracefully with tai chi, yoga, or dance
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Increase flexibility with gentle exercises and/or physical therapy
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Gradually increase muscle tone and strength to support your back
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Is there anyways to make nerve pain less painful, I had a bilateral release almost 2 yrs ago and still getting it, im not a diabetic, ?

Pain specialist: For any type of nerve pain, you may consider consultation with a pain specialist. They are particularly good at working with medications for chronic pain. There are medications like Lyrica (pregabalin) or Neurontin which may help with nerve pain from nerve irritation. ...Read more

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Syadic nerve pain?

Mispelled: Spelled sciatic. Pinched nerve in back from spur or disc herniation. ...Read more

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Managing Chronic Pelvic Pain (Checklist)

See your doctor for an evaluation
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Have a pelvic exam
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Have an ultrasound
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What causes nerve pain?

What causes nerve pain?

Pressure on the nerv: That begs the question. .. Where is the pressure? It could be local, positional like you are sleeping on your arm or in the spinal cord.
>90% it is between where the pain is and the spinal muscles. .. Not dangerous but will drive you crazy. See your doc and see a massage person who may find a tight muscle that needs to be released and you are cured. My tools of choice are acupuncture needles. ...Read more

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Accupenture for nerve pain?

Accupenture for nerve pain?

Can give it a try!: Nerve pain can be due to a long list of things. In anatomic compression/entrapment, other treatment modalities are recommended. If due to neuropathy or neuropathic pain, acupuncture may provide some benefit. Improvement is not measured by reduction in pain alone, but also by functional improvement & by modulating ones perception/tolerance to pain; the latter is often over looked in research design. ...Read more

Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
1,922 Doctors shared insights

Neuralgia (Definition)

Can also be described as neuropathic pain or "nerve pain" which can occur anywhere in the body. It can also be due to many disorders such as direct nerve damage, diabetes, ...Read more