Your nerves extend throughout your body, providing sensation, movement, and autonomic functions like breathing and digestion. However, compression on or damage to a nerve can lead to nerve pain, which can disrupt your life. At the Pain Management Institute of Orlando in Altamonte, Florida, Juliet Burry, MD, offers expert diagnosis and customized treatment of nerve pain to help you get back to a healthy active life. Call or make an appointment online today.
Nerve pain, also called neuropathic pain, is a chronic condition — it doesn’t just come up suddenly and then go away, but keeps up over an extended period. It’s often due to an injury, disease, or infection, although your pain might not have an identifiable cause. About 20% of people who suffer from chronic pain have nerve pain.
Everyone experiences nerve pain differently. Your pain could:
You could describe your pain as sharp, and you might have additional symptoms like weakness or numbness in the affected area. You can also experience nerve pain near the damage, or you might suffer “referred pain,” pain that’s felt somewhere in your body away from the injury site.
For example, sciatica is a type of nerve pain caused by compression of your sciatic nerve in your lower spine, but you can have symptoms in one or both of your legs.
Nerve pain is usually caused by one of four common issues. One of the most common causes of nerve pain is nerve damage caused by an accident. For example, a sports injury or automobile collision can injure tissue and lead to inflammation that compresses a nerve.
Diabetes is another leading cause of nerve pain. Consistently elevated blood sugar levels can damage your nerve cells, especially in your feet, hands, legs, and arms. Diseases like multiple sclerosis as well as cancers like multiple myeloma can also cause nerve pain.
Similarly, infections like shingles and HIV can cause nerve pain. And while rare, you might suffer nerve pain following surgery. For example, phantom limb syndrome is a type of nerve pain that some patients experience after an amputation.
At the Pain Management Institute of Orlando, Dr. Burry provides comprehensive exams to identify and locate the issue causing your nerve pain. She can use nerve conduction studies to pinpoint the precise site of your nerve damage.
When Dr. Burry understands the cause of your pain, she offers a customized treatment plan to ease or eliminate your pain and treat the condition causing it. Your pain management program can include several different treatments:
If you’re concerned about nerve pain and want to work with an expert physician who takes time to listen to and answer your questions, contact the Pain Management Institute of Orlando by calling the practice or booking an appointment online today.