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Dr. Al Hegab
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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

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Dr. Al Hegab
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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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Living with Ongoing Pain (Tip)

Living with Ongoing Pain

Nerve pain, like radiculopathy, is better treated with neuromodulators like Gabapentin then narcotics. ...See more

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Treating a Pinched Nerve (Checklist)

Exercise and stretch
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Get an Xray/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?

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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Living with Ongoing Pain (Tip)

Living with Ongoing Pain

There is a specialty for pain management. ...See more

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Managing Neck Pain (Checklist)

Use 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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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. James Marx
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Neuralgia (Definition)

Neuralgia is a condition in which there is a sharp, unexpected pain along a nerve that is due to the irritation and damage of that nerve. Chemicals, diseases such as diabetes, medications, previous surgery, and trauma are potential causes of neuralgia. Numbness and weakness of the muscles supplied by the ...Read more