Neuropathic pain is a sensory system condition that is typically brought on by a severe injury or as a symptom of a disease. This type of pain leads to a feeling of numbness as well as chronic pain that is difficult to describe. Learning more about the causes of neuropathic pain will help you make more informed decisions about your medical care.
Causes of Neuropathic Pain
Diabetes is a common cause of neuropathic pain, particularly of the neuropathy subtype. Spinal stenosis and injuries to the brain and spinal cord may also lead to this often debilitating condition. Other instances of this type of pain are the result of carpal tunnel syndrome, or any other condition in which the nerves have been damaged. Neuropathic symptoms are the result of a broken or damaged link between the nerves in the body and the brain’s pain receptors. Even when there is no physical cause for pain, such as a persistent injury, patients with neuropathy and other similar pain disorders continue to feel chronic pain and discomfort.
On the cellular level, an increased rate of release of the neurotransmitters that govern the body’s pain response combines with poor nerve signal regulation, creating the sensation of pain in a given area. Spinal cord injuries caused by a loss of blood flow to the brain, particularly stroke, are common causes of neuropathy.
Symptoms of Neuropathic Pain
Neuropathic pain can fluctuate significantly throughout the day. Unlike nociceptive pain, which is the common type of pain that occurs after most injuries, neuropathic pain does not respond well to painkillers and other medications. Despite the common mechanisms underlying neuropathic pain, there are few symptoms that apply to all patients. In fact, it is often difficult for patients to describe their symptoms, which makes proper neuropathic diagnosis even more difficult.
There is help for those experiencing neuropathic pain in the feet and ankles. While this condition can make it difficult to walk, podiatric treatments are available to help restore mobility and ensure patient comfort. Call Southwest Foot and Ankle in Plano at 972-805-9985, in Lewisville at 972-318-2738 or in Irving at 972-318-2655 to start the journey to pain-free living today.