What is nerve pain? Nerve pain is the result of a condition known as neuropathy. What is neuropathy? Neuropathy is a painful complex condition of the nerves that can develop when damage or compression to the nerve cells occurs. Neuropathy or nerve damage can be caused by several factors some of which are avoidable and others are unavoidable. Neuropathy causes are still under investigation and new information is released yearly regarding the different causes of nerve pain.
The neuropathy causes that are known would include:
- Complications with diabetes
- Alcohol Abuse
- Exposure To Dangerous Toxins
- Physical injury or trauma (ex: car accident, sports related injury etc.)
- Carpal Tunnel
- Auto immune diseases
- Vitamin Deficiency
Once the underlying cause for neuropathy is established (if known), then the treating of the underlying neuropathy cause can be administered thus relieving some of the nerve pain. However, there are those cases where the underlying cause is unknown thus creating the need for nerve pain treatment.
Treating Nerve Pain Safely
Treating nerve pain can be done so through a myriad of different methods and or approaches. It is important that the patient seeking nerve pain treatment is open and honest with his or her doctor regarding personal health and preferences. There is no denying the pain of which neuropathy causes; however the relief of nerve pain is not worth risking one’s health. Prescription medications can be used as a nerve pain treatment however if used the patient must be in good emotional and physical health.
Treating nerve pain with prescription medications could cause severe side effects and some that could have serious health ramifications. The medications used to treat nerve pain fall into the following categories:
- Blood Pressure Pills
- Antiseizure Medications
As you can tell from the list of medications, none of them are designed or formulated to meet the specific needs of a neuropathic patient. Prescription medications can be an effective nerve pain treatment option for some but not for all. Nerve pain treatment needs to be safe in order for it to be truly an effective nerve pain treatment option.