Chronic Nerve Pain
Chronic Nerve Pain Associated With Neuropathy.
Incessant pain is the worst pain anyone could ever experience. A pain that results from an injection for a quarterly immunization or as a route to instil medications would probably only last for a millisecond depending on the person's tolerance to pain or his/her pain threshold. The duration of the pain would be no more than a second because as soon as the needle gets into the softer tissues, the pain will no longer be felt. The initial pain would only stem from the pricking of the needle against your vulnerable skin. The pain that you feel when you dip your sore wounds in alcohol would probably last about a minute or so. The pain after an operation could last for a couple of days or weeks but once the healing period has elapsed, all pain would be gone by then. And probably the only thing that you'll have to worry about is getting rid of the unsightly scars. You see everyone regardless of age or gender will experience pain at some point may it be in the form of a required immunization, from a surgical operation or even from carelessly missing a step and ending up in a broken leg. All these things can happen even if you believe that you are the most careful person in the world. Now the pain that we will be tackling in this article isn't the same as those mentioned above. It's a different kind of pain, it's the kind of pain that lasts for a long time, which means that it doesn't end after a few seconds and it most definitely won't go away in just a matter of days. This is the pain that all of us are afraid to experience because it incessantly comes back regardless of whether you are asleep or awake. There are actually two types of pain, the acute and the chronic type. Acute pain is the type of pain that lasts for a short period of time just like the examples mentioned above while chronic pain is the type of pain that lasts for a very long time. This article will attempt to explain all about Chronic Nerve Pain as well as chronic nerve syndrome. Chronic Nerve Pain is the kind of pain that results from damage to the central nervous system or the peripheral nervous system, the health care team would usually refer to this as neuropathy.
Patients have been asked to describe how they feel every time they experience chronic nerve pain and they always say the same thing that it's the kind of pain they've never experienced before. Patients who are experiencing chronic nerve pain typically describe it as a feeling of burning or deep pain. Others report that the pain sometimes come with an electrifying intensity. Still others say that the pain can travel along several nerve paths so it isn't localized in a single body part. The pain can travel from the hands into the arms or vice versa and it can also travel down into the lower extremities. Unlike acute pain that is associated with healing, the pain that people experience in this one is different. The pain no longer stems from a natural cause or process; it comes from the poor functioning of your nerves which have now become the source of your pain. Furthermore, the triggering factors for neuropathic pain aren't the conventional type. Even the lightest of touch can be considered painful. It may result from the compression or impingement of a nerve. Let us now try to understand the anatomy of nerve pain so you can get a better grasp of how and why chronic nerve pain comes about. If you're familiar with the human body, you'll know that it has a spinal cord. The spinal cord connects your upper body with the lower body. This body part is extremely complicated and plays a very important role in relaying messages from the brain or the CNS into the nerves or the PNS. The nerves distributed from all parts of our body come together in bundles along the length of the spinal cord. These nerves have specific routes in the spinal cord to harmonize their entrance and exits so as to avoid any disruptions in the conveying of messages. Spinal nerves come in pairs, and in a normal human being, you will find that there are thirty one pairs of nerves along the length of the cord.
These nerves exit the cord through holes found in the vertebrae. Peripheral nerves, as the name implies are nerves that can be found in the peripheral parts of the body. These are branches of the original nerves found along the cord and these are the nerves that make up the Peripheral Nervous System. It has not yet been clearly established as to the exact cause of neuropathic pain but physicians believe that a damage to the axon (the path of the nerve cell) or to the myelin sheath (the fatty covering that protects and encases the nerve cell) causes neuropathic pain, which is considered chronic. Chronic Pain Syndrome isn't something that should be taken lightly because of the complexity of its etiology as well as patient's poor response to medications and therapy. To be able to consider the pain as chronic, you must be aware of how long it has been going on. For pain that persists for more than three months, without showing any signs that it will somehow dwindle or diminish, then you can already assume that this is considered chronic pain. What's devastating for patients who inquire about Chronic Pain Syndrome is that they'll soon come to realize that no one has fully understood about its pathophysiology because of its complexity. And this is extremely mortifying news even to patients who are desperately seeking pain relief. The best person who can give you clear cut advice when it comes to these matters is your doctor. Don't just reply on online medical websites or drown yourself with health magazines because the tips and pieces of advice they give you are generalized and it may not be applicable to you. Just schedule an appointment with your doctor and describe the pain that you are feeling, how long you've been feeling that way, the medications and therapies you took that didn't help and a lot more. They will customize a program for you on pain relief and they can even clearly explain to you your condition.