The Aches in Aging – Part 4: Nerve Pain

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LiveMD offers advice on how to deal with the aches and pains associated with getting older

As we age, it is common that our bodies begin to experience certain aches that were once not an issue when we were younger. Joint pain, back and neck pain, muscle spasms and pain, nerve pain and the pain of arthritis are all afflictions that can start to affect us the older we get. LiveMD offers advice on how to deal with these issues and find the relief needed to live a pain free life.

In this session we will discuss the causes and symptoms of nerve pain and what treatment options are available.

What is a nerve?

Nerves are sets of fibrous material that run throughout the body and allow for electric impulses, or signals, to be transmitted back to the brain. Nerves are the body’s way of sending signals from one area to another and are what allows us to feel different physical sensations, such as pain.

What causes nerve pain?

Peripheral nerve pain is one of the most common types of nerve pain and is often experienced most frequently as we age. This occurs when there is damage to the nerves on the periphery, or outside surface, of the body, such as in the hands, arms, legs and feet. Nerve damage can occur for numerous reasons such as trauma, disease (eg. diabetes), side effects to medications, nutritional deficiencies, or from years of overuse.

What are the symptoms of nerve pain?

The symptoms of nerve pain can be different for everyone and can differ depending on what caused nerve damage in the first place. Common symptoms can include:

  1. Numbness
  2. Tingling
  3. Pain
  4. Burning sensation
  5. Sensitivity to touch

What treatment options are available for nerve pain?

There are many options available that can help you find relief from the symptoms of nerve pain however there is no cure for this disease. The progression of the pain can be slowed down but once the damage has occurred it cannot be reversed.

  1. Physiotherapy – Regular visits to a physiotherapist can assist in improving muscle strength and flexibility if this has been weakened due to nerve damage. It can also help to alleviate some of the pain that is common with neuropathy.
  2. Electrical Stimulation – Machines are available (eg. TENS machines) that deliver very gentle electrical impulses to the muscles and nerves. When used regularly, this electrical stimulation can help to improve nerve and muscle function and can help to alleviate pain.
  3. Medications – There are many medications that can be prescribed that can help to reduce the symptoms associated with nerve damage. Pain medications, antidepressant medications and anti-seizure medications can all be used to help reduce pain and eliminate some of the uncomfortable sensations.

 

If you or a loved one are experiencing unusual sensations, a loss of feeling in your hands or feet, have tingling, burning or are sensitive to being touched it is time to seek the help of a professional. The doctors at LiveMD are trained to help you cope with nerve damage and pain and can recommend treatment options that will alleviate your symptoms and help slow the progression of this disease. Visit our website at www.mylivemd.com to book your live, one-on-one consultation today.

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March 29th, 2016 by