Doctors generally class pain into 2 types, nociceptive and neuropathic. Nociceptive is a result of an injury to a part of the body, such as a muscle or bone. The pain is in one place and constant, and when the damage heals, the pain usually goes away. Examples are bumps, bruises, broken bones, and burns.
Neuropathic pain is more complicated. It is the result of an injury or problem with the nerves, and is often triggered by an injury or surgery. The injured nerve stops working properly and sends the wrong signals to the brain. Nerve pain is often difficult to diagnose because the pain results from an issue inside your body, not on the outside. It can be related to a number of medical conditions such as diabetes, shingles, cancer, carpal tunnel syndrome, a failed surgery or it can be from a totally unknown cause. Symptoms can include tingling, numbness, burning, or a “pins and needles” feeling.
When not properly managed, any type of pain can affect your quality of life. Simple acts can be agonizing. You may have difficulty sleeping at night or trouble concentrating, be unable to work or feel hopeless that no relief is in sight. There are options for you to effectively manage your pain and continue to live an enriched and productive life. Make an appointment with an Interventional Pain Management Specialist to hear about medicines and procedures that may help you feel better.
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