Pain of Nerves – Medical Terminology
A nerve is a cordlike structure that conducts sensory and motor impulses between the brain, spinal cord, and other parts of the body. It contains fibers which carry messages from skin, eyes and organs to the brain as well as from there to muscles.
Nociceptive pain (also referred to as ‘nociceptive’ or’sensory’ pain) occurs when specific nerves, known as nociceptors, detect tissue damage and send messages about that to the brain. The messages are then processed by the brain and cause unpleasant sensations to take hold.
Neuropathic pain is typically chronic, but can occur with any illness or injury to the nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord. It may feel like electric shocks or cause tenderness, numbness, tingling or discomfort.
Neuropathy can occur as a result of stroke, multiple sclerosis, tumors, infections or injuries to the nerves. It is usually severe and disabling, potentially impacting how you live your life.
In certain cases, doctors can block pain signals by injecting steroid or local anesthetic medications into the nerve. These blocks may reduce symptoms and make the condition better.
Nerve pain can be treated with physical therapy, medications and sometimes surgery. While finding the most appropriate treatment may take some time, it’s possible.
A blood test is often employed to help identify a nerve problem and rule out other conditions that might cause it. This is done by inserting a needle into your forearm and drawing blood from you. The sample is then tested for infection, anaemia and other inflammatory conditions.