Help! I keep getting shooting pain! Nerve pain – part 1.

In this blog series, we will look at shooting pain and consider the causes, how to prevent the pain, and also how to manage it. In this first post we will get a broader overview of nerve pain. The following posts will be more specific.

Our nerves carry information to and from the brain. For example, if we step on something sharp our skin feels the pressure. It then sends the information up to the brain via the nerves. The brain says ‘ow that’s not pleasant’, and sends a message back down to the muscles via the nerves to pull the foot off the sharp object. An injury to the nerves can cause disruptions to the messages sent and received causing a whole bunch of pains and general weirdness.

Nerve pain known medically as neuralgia or neuropathic pain is caused by damage to the nerves due to diseases such as shingles, diabetes, vitamin B12 deficiency amongst other diseases.  It can also be caused by a traumatic injuries such as falls, repetitive strain, and faulty posture, to name a few.

Nerve pain can affect everything you do and can have a large impact on your mental health. Treating this type of pain can be difficult as the pain sensation may not even be where the damage is.

Therefore, ceasing any activity that brings on symptoms is a start. Having any medical conditions ruled out by seeing a general practitioner is also worthwhile, they can also prescribe you painkillers that can keep you going in the short term.

Acupuncture, corrective exercises, relaxation techniques, massage can all help but need to be specific to the problem. If you need further help on get in touch and I will help you. In the next blog we will be looking at a nerve injury known as stingers. Thanks for reading!

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