Neuropathies: More than Just the Pins and Needles in Your Feet

What is neuropathic pain?

It is pain is most often a result of nerve injury. This could be compression of a nerve such as in carpal tunnel syndrome or a pinched nerve in your neck, back, or sciatica. Damage of the nerve(s) can also occur from multiple medical conditions, medications, and trauma.

Neuropathic pain is different from other types of pain. It is often described as burning or shooting. It is often associated with changes in sensation in a limb area such as pins and needle sensation like when your foot falls asleep after sitting on it incorrectly and you try to wake it up or the sensation you get hitting your funny bone in your elbow. The only difference is that the pain and symptoms don’t stop. There could be associated numbness in an area or even an area that is painful to the touch or be brushed against. Sometimes even weakness will be present.

Neuropathic pain is most common in the extremities such as the feet or hands but can occur any place in the body.

What causes neuropathy?

There are many conditions that can cause you to get a neuropathy including but not limited to:

How can neuropathic pain be treated?

Neuropathic pain is notoriously difficult to treat and may be resistant to many forms of therapies, however, there are several successful ways to treat and manage it.

Be careful using heat or cold therapy on your feet if you have lost sensation. It is easy to cause burns or frostbite.

We would be happy to discuss these and other options to help you with you at Southwest Pain Management.

What is neuropathic pain?

It is pain is most often a result of nerve injury. This could be compression of a nerve such as in carpal tunnel syndrome or a pinched nerve in your neck, back, or sciatica. Damage of the nerve(s) can also occur from multiple medical conditions, medications, and trauma.

Neuropathic pain is different from other types of pain. It is often described as burning or shooting. It is often associated with changes in sensation in a limb area such as pins and needle sensation like when your foot falls asleep after sitting on it incorrectly and you try to wake it up or the sensation you get hitting your funny bone in your elbow. The only difference is that the pain and symptoms don’t stop. There could be associated numbness in an area or even an area that is painful to the touch or be brushed against. Sometimes even weakness will be present.

Neuropathic pain is most common in the extremities such as the feet or hands but can occur any place in the body.

What causes neuropathy?

There are many conditions that can cause you to get a neuropathy including but not limited to:

How can neuropathic pain be treated?

Neuropathic pain is notoriously difficult to treat and may be resistant to many forms of therapies, however, there are several successful ways to treat and manage it.

Be careful using heat or cold therapy on your feet if you have lost sensation. It is easy to cause burns or frostbite.

We would be happy to discuss these and other options to help you with you at Southwest Pain Management.

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