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Pains which follow the paths of specific nerves. Anti-seizure (anticonvulsant) medications were developed primarily to reduce or control epileptic seizures. But they can also help control the burning, stabbing or shooting pain sometimes caused by nerve damage. It is widely believed that opium-based drugs, though often prescribed for chronic pain management, are not very effective for so-called neuropathic pain.There are lots of medicines available for pain, but many products that you are used to taking for headaches, muscle aches, or joint pain have not been clinically proven to work to calm the stabbing, tingling, burning pain that may be associated with nerve damage. (Granted, there are some pretty strong painkillers derived from plants, such as morphine from opium poppies, but these are available only by prescription.) Unlike heavy-duty prescription drugs, however, the herbs mentioned here help heal your nervous system instead of only suppressing the pain. These herbs can be taken internally as tinctures or pills. Saint-John's-wort can be used externally along with essential oils that reduce inflammation, such as chamomile, marjoram and lavender The disease occurs rarely in those younger than 30 years. Such cases are usually linked to damage from diseases of central nervous system, for example, multiple sclerosis. Such pain usually does not respond to anti-inflammatory medications used to treat other types of chronic pain. But tricyclic antidepressants and certain anti-epileptic drugs have been shown to be effective for some patients. Writing in the journal Nature Medicine, they said that while further research is needed it could lead to new treatments for humans.

The spinal cord is the main part of the body's central nervous system that conveys signals from the brain to the nerves throughout the body. But they can also help control the burning, stabbing or shooting pain sometimes caused by nerve damage. They live in fear of unpredictable painful attacks, which leads to sleep deprivation and undereating. People with trigeminal neuralgia become plagued by intermittent severe pain that interferes with common daily activities such as eating and sleep . Patients who took the highest and most effective doses of the opioid also had the most treatment-related side effects, such as restlessness, depression, confusion, and personality changes. These drugs seem to work by slowing or blocking pain signals from damaged nerves. Fortunately, medications can help relieve nerve pain from peripheral neuropathy so you can function at near-normal levels. You have many pain relief drugs from which to choose. The compound capsaicin, from cayenne, has been used as the basis for a number of over-the-counter creams for external use on painful skin problems such as diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage), facial neuralgia, psoriasis and post-surgical pain. Sciatic nerves from frogs and rats are often used in physiology experiments on nerve conduction because this nerve is large, and easily dissected and manipulated.

Causes of Nerve Pain

The common Causes of Nerve Pain :

  • Back, leg, and hip problems.
  • In all cases, though, an excessive burst of nervous activity from a damaged nerve causes the painful attacks.
  • Some experts argue that the syndrome is caused by traumatic damage to the nerve as it passes from the openings in the skull to the muscles and tissue of the face.
  • Diabetes.
  • Facial nerve problems.
  • Multiple sclerosis.
  • Spine surgery.

Symptoms of Nerve Pain

Some common Symptoms of Nerve Pain :

  • Shooting and burning pain.
  • Light sensitivity.
  • Flu-like symptoms without fever.
  • Increased sensitivity of the skin or numbness of the affected skin area (resembling the effects of a local anesthetic such as a Novacaine shot)
  • Tingling and numbness.
  • Headache.
  • Pain along the path of a specific nerve.
  • Sharp, stabbing pain or constant, burning pain.

Treatment of Nerve Pain

Here is the list of the methods for treating Nerve Pain :

  • Treatment of neuralgias is aimed at reversing or controlling the cause of the nerve problem (if it is identified) as well as providing pain relief .
  • These treatments may give relief for a short time, but none of them have been dependably better than placebo (inactive) treatments in speeding recovery or in preventing new episodes of back pain.
  • Perform electrical nerve stimulation which may relieve pain. In this treatment, small amounts of electricity are used to block pain signals as they pass through the skin.
  • Mild over-the-counter analgesics such as aspirin, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen may be helpful for mild pain.
  • Surgically destroy nerves or relieve a nerve compression that causes pain
  • Treatment of shingles with antiviral medication may decrease the incidence of postherpetic neuralgia.
  • In cases that are difficult to treat, a pain specialist may use invasive or implantable device therapies to effectively manage the pain.
  • Treatment for Nerve Pain is supportive, while treatment for Syndenham's chorea usually involves antibiotic drugs to treat the infection, followed by drug therapy to prevent recurrence.