The pain can range from pins and needles to severe and unbearable.
Nerve pain can suck. For me, I get a sort of buzzing feeling in my right arm, and some sharping, stabbing pain in my abdomen. Nothing super unbearable that has driven me to take medication to stop the nerve pain, but it’s not fun.
There are three different types of nerves in the body, and the type of nerve pain a person experiences depends on which nerves are affected.
Types of Nerve Pain
Autonomic nerves. These are the nerves that control the involuntary actions of your body like your heart rate, digestion, blood pressure, temperature, etc.
If you experience autonomic nerve damage, you may have any of these symptoms:
- Excessive sweating or too little sweating
- Dry mouth and dry eyes
- Bladder dysfunction or constipation
- Sexual dysfunction
- Inability to sense pain in your chest
Motor nerves. These control your motor functions by passing information from your brain to your muscles.
Damage to these nerves show up as nerve pain symptoms like:
- Muscle weakness
Sensory nerves. These nerves bring the information from your skin to your brain. These are the nerves that help you sense pain.
Damage to these nerves show up as:
Causes of Nerve Pain
In general, nerve pain is caused by damage to certain nerves. The causes of that damage can be from many different things, ranging from medical conditions to toxins. Some known causes include:
- Autoimmune disorders. Conditions like multiple sclerosis, lupus, Guillain-Barré syndrome and NMO.
- Cancer. Certain types of cancer can result in nerve pain. In some cases, cancerous masses can push up against nerves, causing an individual pain.
- Trauma to the nerves. Pinched nerves, carpal tunnel. Anything that causes trauma or compression can cause nerve pain symptoms.
- Diabetes. Diabetic neuropathy or diabetic nerve pain, is a nerve-related complication of diabetes.
- Side effects from drugs or toxins. Some medications, such as those for cancer or HIV, as well as toxins, have been known to cause nerve damage.
- Nutritional deficiencies. Deficiencies of certain nutrients like vitamin B6 and B12 may produce nerve pain.
Home Remedies for Nerve Pain
There are a few different types of nerve pain medications, including anticonvulsants, antidepressants and local anesthetics.
But I’m all about managing the nerve pain symptoms without prescription medication. So here are some home remedies for nerve pain to try out before reaching for some meds.
- Exercise. Getting your body moving can help expand your blood vessels, bringing some vigor back to your nerves.
- Warm compress. Heat can exacerbate symptoms, but a warm compress like this one might be able to help.
- Massage. Like exercise, massage can help stimulate blood flow and can help with nerve pain symptoms.
- Diet changes. If you think your pain is an effect of nutritional deficiencies, changing your diet or adding supplements can help.
I’m just going to say it. Nerve pain sucks. Luckily, mine isn’t super painful. Unfortunately for some, it is. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, and think you may have some nerve damage, talk to your doctor about the underlying causes and how to manage the pain. If the nerve pain is somewhat manageable, consider one of these home remedies to help alleviate some of the uncomfortable-ness. Totally a word.