Category: Nerve Pain

What are Neurotransmitters?

Jenny L. F. Andrus, MD There are certain chemical compounds in our body that allow us to live, breathe, walk, talk, think, and enjoy life as we know it – without them we would not be able to function.  These wonder substances are called neurotransmitters (NTs) and they really are the juice that runs the… Read more »

What are Neurons?

Raj N. Sureja, MD Neurons are nerve cells that are the basic components of our brain and nervous system.  Although they can vary in shape, size and structure, all neurons have three separate parts – 1) the body of the cell; 2) the axon (transmitter) and 3) the dendrite (receiver).  Nerve cells are structurally and… Read more »

What is a “Pain Pathway”? An Introduction

Jenny L. F. Andrus, MD As an Interventional Pain Management Physician, I see patients who suffer from chronic pain as a part of life.  In understanding pain, it important to know that pain not only has many emotional, psychological, and sensory components, but that it also is a physiological activity as well.  There is a… Read more »

Nerve Pain After Knee Replacement Surgery 

Boyd W. Haynes III, MD  Although knee replacement surgery has become commonplace, it has a reputation for being challenging for both the surgeon and the patient. As a surgeon, I must be both a construction expert, an engineer, mathematician, and an expert surgeon all rolled into one, as I remove my patient’s diseased knee and… Read more »

What Does a Herniated Disc Feel Like?  How Do I Know I Have One? 

Mark McFarland, MD

Mark W. McFarland, MD  This question came in over our web chat and it is a great one to answer. The human spine is made up of 26 vertebrae (bones) that go from your skull to your pelvis.  In between these bones are discs that act as shock absorbers or cushions which help the bones… Read more »

What is Electromedicine/Electrotherapy? Part I

Dr. Jeffrey Carlson

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD In 2022, it seems that modern medicine is inundated with devices, treatments and therapies that utilize the power of carefully modulated electric current.  You can find these in Physical Therapy or physician offices, there are devices for use in surgery and some devices that are even available to be surgically implanted… Read more »

Having Chronic Pain in the Rear is No Joke – Causes & Symptoms

Jenny L. F. Andrus, MD As an Interventional Pain Management Specialist, I see patients who have every type of pain imaginable and do my best to diagnose and treat the root cause of their pain.  Some patients have issues with chronic pain in their pelvis, tailbones, rectums, or reproductive systems due to illness, trauma, cancer… Read more »

Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB): A Diagnostic Tool and a Treatment for Pain

Raj N. Sureja, MD As an Interventional Pain Management Specialist, I have injections that I often use for dual purposes: 1) for diagnostic reasons – to find or pinpoint a source of pain or to confirm that diagnosis and 2) to treat pain and inflammation caused by a condition, injury, or illness.  Steroid injections are… Read more »

Treatments for Polyneuropathy

Jenny L. F. Andrus, MD In the past few articles, I have addressed that polyneuropathy can be caused by a variety of underlying conditions or for idiopathic (unknown) reasons.  For that reason, I typically will work in concert with the patient, other physicians, including the Primary Care physician, and perhaps other specialists, depending on the… Read more »