Treatment Options for Neuropathic Pain
Pain usually occurs when the nerves relay a pain signal following an injury or damage somewhere in the body. Neuropathic pain—also called nerve pain—is different, resulting from damage to the nerves themselves.
Uncovering the cause of nerve damage is the first step in treating neuropathic pain. Factors that often cause or contribute to neuropathic pain include:
- Compression of a nerve or nerves
- Excessive alcohol use
- Exposure to medication-related or other toxins
- Hormonal disorders
- Immune system disorders
- Vitamin deficiencies
Unfortunately, the cause of neuropathic pain cannot always be determined or reversed. In these cases treatment may allow nerves to heal gradually, easing the pain. When medical care for the pain is delayed, the pain can be more difficult to manage, requiring more aggressive treatment.