Pain from nerves can be felt and described differently depending on the type of nerve involved, the severity of the problem and the person. Nerve pain has been described as: shooting, tingling, stabbing, aching, burning, sharp type of sensations that can come and go or are constantly there. For most, nerve pain is debilitating, limiting you from doing the things you love and making it hard to enjoy life to its fullest. Nerve pain can come from many different sources.
Central Nerve Pain
Nerves carry signals by electrical impulses to transmit information throughout the body. From head to toe, the body is filled with nerves; the brain and the spinal cord make up the Central Nervous System (CNS). These signals carry different kinds of information from signaling where your body is positioned at in space (proprioception) to sending touch, temperature and pain signals up to the brain for processing. If a nerve is touched directly it is extremely sensitive, so anything pressing on it can cause pain. Examples of anatomy that can ‘touch/pinch’ or be pressing on the nerve itself are: disc herniation, disc bulge, arthritis, and muscles that are too tight constricting the nerve (i.e. the sciatic nerve being pressed by a muscle in the buttock region (piriformis).
Peripheral Nerve Pain
The brain and spinal cord make up the Central Nervous System. The nerves that make up the rest of the body in the arms and legs are called the Peripheral Nervous System (PNS). These nerves are physically attached to the spinal cord (central nervous system) and are like strings that start from the spine and go all the way down to the toes and fingers. These nerves can be affected if there is a ‘pinch’ anywhere along the line of the nerve- from the neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist in the upper body and from the back, buttocks, knee, and ankle in the lower body. These nerves can also be affected by diseases like diabetes and B12 deficiency and are diagnosed as peripheral neuropathy.
We Can Help You!
Nerve pain usually doesn’t go away by itself, but with proper treatment you can find relief. There are many ways to diagnose and treat nerve pain; at Back In Action Medical Center we take a natural approach to helping nerve pain and offer more than just a ‘quick fix’ band-aid approach. We find the root cause of your pain, work on achieving present time relief and focus on preventing future problems and pain.