5 Common Types Of Neuropathic Pain And Their Symptoms
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome, also known as median nerve compression, is a neuropathic pain condition in which a pinched nerve in the wrist causes numbness and tingling in the corresponding hand. As with sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome is incredibly common. Many people suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome because of injury associated with repetitive movements. However, carpal tunnel syndrome can also be caused by other conditions such as diabetes, pregnancy, certain types of arthritis, hypothyroidism and more. If carpal tunnel syndrome is predicating by another condition like diabetes, management of the primary condition is ideal for effectively treating the neuropathic pain. However, because diabetes, arthritis and the like are chronic illnesses, a good neuropathy treatment plan to manage pain is also advised. In some cases, surgery may even be a suitable treatment option for carpal tunnel syndrome, though nonsurgical methods are often sufficient if the condition is caught early on.
Diabetic neuropathy is common in those suffering from diabetes, and can in part usually be attributed to high blood sugar over long periods of time. The best way to minimize the effects of diabetic neuropathy is to work closely with your doctor to manage blood sugar levels. Additionally, there are four different types of diabetic neuropathy: peripheral, autonomic, proximal and focal. The most common type of diabetic neuropathy treated in our practice is peripheral, and it usually affects the hands and feet — though in some cases, it may affect other areas of the body as well. This type of neuropathic pain is typified by burning, tingling, and numbness.
Shingles occur when the virus that caused the chickenpox reactivates in a person later on. Though shingles itself is a serious condition, some folks will continue to suffer from pain after the shingles have subsided. This complication is known as postherpetic neuralgia. While this neuropathic pain condition typically does not last forever, it can persist for months, meaning that professional help to manage pain through neuropathy treatment is in order. A range of prescription medications, both oral and topical, can be used in the treatment of postherpetic neuralgia. Talk to your doctor if you are still in pain even after getting over the shingles.