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The experience of nerve pain is described with a variety of terms: burning, hot poker, itching, tingling, lightening, shooting, electrical, and so on. In medical terms, words like hyperalgesia and allodynia are used. Hyperalgesia means that an area is overly sensitive to painful (noxious) stimuli like a pinprick. Allodynia means that an area is overly sensitive to normally non-painful (non-noxious) stimuli like light touch. Both of these phenomena are hallmarks for nerve pain.
Many common ailments cause nerve pain. The most recognizable cause of nerve pain is diabetic peripheral neuropathy. The nerve damage caused by abnormal blood sugar levels cause the nerve to dieback in a "stocking and glove" distribution. First, the area of the foot and ankle region (stocking area) is usually affected with numbness and tingling. As the neuropathy progresses, burning pain will begin as well. Diabetic peripheral neuropathy is a classic example of nerve pain that is generated in the peripher...
The target continues to be central neurotransmission when it comes to improving the pain of fibromyalgia . This is of course based on the working hypothesis that the perception of pain is altered in those suffering from fibromyalgia. By now, many are familiar with Lyrica , particularly with the television commercials featuring that drug. And it has been helpful in fibromyalgia. Lyrica lowers the level of pain in many who take it, as it decreases the expression of those biochemicals which transmit the message of pain to our brains, including glutamate and substance P. The clinical study results were so impressive that last year the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Lyrica for the treatment fibromyalgia . No other drug thus far has achieved such a designation. It is no cure, but for many patients it has truly changed their lives. But not all patients have had significant results with Lyrica, and so research continues. Cymbalta is...
Acupuncture - pain relief; Hypnosis - pain relief; Guided imagery
Alternative medicine refers to treatments that are used instead of conventional (standard) ones. If you use an alternative treatment along with conventional medicine or therapy, it's considered complementary therapy.
There are many forms of alternative medicine.
For many people, acupuncture is an effective means of relieving pain. This may be particularly true for back pain and headache pain. Acupuncture may also help relieve pain due to:
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Musculoskeletal injuries (for instance, to the neck, shoulder, knee, or elbow)
How acupuncture relieves pain is not entirely clear.
Hypnosis is a focused state of concentration. Self-hypnosis (in which you repeat a positive ...
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