Finding Relief From Nerve Pain
Pain caused by nerves is more commonly regarded as neuralgia is caused and triggered by a number of things and can be very difficult to treat. It is characterized by a sharp pain or a tingling feeling, sometimes accompanied by spasms, especially if experienced in the lower back. However it is possible to achieve nerve pain relief, although it might take some time.
There are many different types of nerve pain in different areas in the body and it usually affects older people, although there are cases where it has affected people of all ages. It can be caused by damage to the nerves from drugs, damage to the nerve from alcohol, damage to the tibial nerve, damage to the brachial plexus in the arm, damage to the radial nerve in the arm, damage to the sciatic nerve, autonomic neuropathy, and damage to the ulnar nerve or damage to the femoral nerve, among others. When nerves are run down or have pressure exerted on them, are inflamed or compressed, this can also cause pain, which has the potential to be incredibly sore. Tumors or hernias can cause the pressure on nerves and infections have also been known to affect nerves. Diabetes, sciatica and after someone has suffered from shingles can also cause neuralgia. All of these make it difficult to achieve nerve pain relief quickly.
To alleviate this type pain, you need to find a solution to the cause, not just something that will temporarily cause nerve pain relief. However it is often difficult to locate the cause. Instant remedies include putting an ice pack on the area that is painful or putting a heat treatment on the painful area. Massaging deep into the area or having aromatherapy treatment (using different oils) might also bring some relief as well as stretching and strengthening exercises which might relieve tense muscles that could be putting pressure on the affected nerves. Loosening these muscles may take the pressure off the nerves, providing nerve pain relief.
However it is sometimes the case that the pain does not go away after these simple remedies and you have to consult a physician who will try and locate the cause of the neuralgia more effectively. Depending on the cause, different treatments might work for nerve pain relief as well as targeting the original cause. In the mean time, anti-inflammatory drugs or painkillers can be prescribed to alleviate the pain and discomfort.
If, for example, the cause of the neuralgia is diabetes, ways to treat this condition will be looked at so that it does not have an impact on the nerves, which ultimately will then help in the nerve pain relief. Should a tumor or herniated disk be what is causing the pressure on the nerves, ways of treating this will be looked at, which will help with the nerve pain relief. Thus the doctor will try and diagnose the cause of the pain and remedy this effectively.
In terms of alternative remedies, acupuncture or acupressure have been suggested as a way to obtain relief from pain. There have also been suggestions of electrodes being used with the help of a physical therapist, to relieve the painful area. Hypnotherapists have also been consulted for nerve pain relief. Certain whole grain cereals such as oats have been suggested as helping with pain as well.
In extreme cases surgery is an option for pain relief, where nerves can be decompressed allowing oxygen to flow more freely.
Unfortunately as nerves are damaged, it can be difficult to remedy the actual cause of the damage or the damage itself, making nerve pain relief hard to achieve. While treatment and options are available, nerve pain is something that can affect a person quite severely and take time to alleviate permanently.