Nerve Pain – What It Is and How Is It Different?

If you visit a doctor complaining of chronic pain, firstly, the doctor asks you to describe the pain. The doctor expects a lot of background information in cases where there is no obvious reason for the pain. The doctor usually requests for information about the location, type, frequency and intensity of the pain experience. This information helps the doctor to determine if the pain is of nociceptive or neuropathic in nature or a combination of both.

All pain in the human body is experienced through nerves. However, nociceptive pain refers to the pain that occurs around muscles, ligaments, tendons and joint capsules. Nociceptors or nerve receptors that lie close to damaged tissues transmit the pain signals to the brain. This type of pain displays different characteristics such as achy, sharp, throbbing or dull.

 What is Electric Pain?

According to the best neurologists in Navi Mumbai, when there is direct damage to the nerve it experiences electric pain which is like a bolt of lightning that flashes through the body.  Burning, shooting or stabbing pain, accompanied by tingling/numbness is typical of neuropathic pain.

This pain can occur in an individual due to a variety of causes including diabetes, shingles infection, chemotherapy effects, multiple sclerosis, and trauma. If the patient has orthopedic problems, nerve pain is caused when nerves are pinched by bones, ligaments or other body structures.

 A herniated disc that protrudes into the spinal canal can irritate nerves and pain along the nerve path can ensue. If the nerves in the lower end of the body are irritated, pain is felt in the legs and buttocks. If the nerve is in the upper part of the body, the arms end up becoming painful and numb. Numbness and tingling occur when the brain does not receive a consistent signal from the compressed nerve.

Yet another common cause of nerve pain is due to the carpal tunnel syndrome. Some nerves and tendons pass through a narrow passageway in the wrist called the carpal tunnel. Any inflammation in this area can compress the nerves causing nerve pain and numbness/tingling in the fingers and thumb.

 Nerve Pain – Procedure for Finding the Cause

 Multiple overlapping orthopedic conditions can cause nerve pain, the pain can occur because of tendons, joints, muscles, and nerves. It takes expert physicians to be able to diagnose the cause of the nerve pain accurately. For this, the expert physician firstly conducts a thorough physical examination to exactly pinpoint the location of the pain and to understand the nature of the pain.

 Joint pain stemming from arthritis feels like stiffness when you get up after sitting for some time. Tendon pain is the cause of soreness that is exhibited when the affected area is pushed. Burning or fiery pain is nerve pain. This pain occurs on and off and gets worse with time. The patient also experiences numbness.

In the end, the treatment is effective only when the diagnosis is correct. For most issues relating to bones and joints, the first line of treatment resorted to is without the use of drugs. However, sometimes, medication for pain management has to be prescribed in these cases. It is also to be noted that neuropathic pain cannot be managed with NSAIDs.  

Why Choose MPCT Hospital?

If you are on the lookout for nerve pain treatment in Mumbai, MPCT Hospital is the best choice yet. Housing the best neurologists, the hospital offers the best nerve pain diagnosis in Mumbai. The hospital’s expert team of neurologists provide effective treatment for all kinds of nerve pain.  

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