Neuropathic pain is an injury or a disorder of the nervous system. This is mainly caused by infection, diabetes, chronic inflammation, drugs, trauma, cancer, and immune deficiency diseases among others.
Early Warning Signs of Nerve Damage
Symptoms of a nerve damage are pain, sensitivity, numbness, tingling or prickling, burning and problems with positional awareness. Neuralgia (nerve pain) is the most common one, and it can affect your daily activities such as sleeping, walking, sitting, etc. It is important to deal with the pain promptly as it can cause further damage to your health.
On of the most important steps that you can take is to first talk to your family doctor about it. When you are meeting with your doctor, you should make sure that you are as clear and detailed as humanly possible everything you are feeling. Tell the doctor what kind of pain you feel and how it affects your daily life. This will help the doctor to make a quick diagnosis, or he can refer you to a pain specialist. With the right treatment, you can reduce the pain significantly or may even eliminate the pain.
Simple Home Remedies to Reduce Nerve Pains
1. Anti-inflammatory Diet
Nerve pain is often associated with inflammation so, switching to anti-inflammatory diet, consisting of healthy whole foods, can decrease inflammation and ease the pain and discomfort associated with it. Avoid inflammatory processed foods, foods high in sugar, and fast-food, so you don’t sabotage your efforts.
2. Heat and Ice Therapy
With a Heat and Ice therapy regime, you can try and shock your body out of a pain-spasm cycle. Heat relaxes the nerves that send the pain signals to the brain, while ice numbs them. You can apply heat using heating pads or even a hot towel. Try alternating heat and ice for 20 minutes each in three repetitions each. Be sure to finish with the ice.
Acupressure is completely safe to apply to yourself and others, and can often bring fast pain relief. Its benefits include stimulation of the brain to release its feel-good endorphins, reduction in sensitivity, and try to normalize your nervous system by helping take away some of the pain and burning symptoms, aid in the removal of excess limp and inflammation, improving blood circulation and reducing the pressure that is irritating your nerves.
4. Stretching/ Range of Motion
Tight muscles have been found to be frequent contributors to nerve pain. Stretching these muscles increase their length while loosening their hold on your nerve, often resulting in immediate pain relief. Stretching is best for removing stiffness, improving blood flow and increasing range of motion over the entire body. Simple and gentle stretches on the affected areas may be all that’s needed to relief the pain.
While these at home remedies can come in very handy, it is still best to make sure that you seek out a medical professional as soon as possible. No one wants to live a life in pain, and getting the medical help that you need to help manage your nerve pain is critical.Read More