Disease-Related Causes of Nerve Pain

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Dr. Benjamin Wiseman has over 30 years’ experience helping patients with pain management. Retired now from the Pain Management Center and Tupelo Anesthesia Group Pain Services in Mississippi, Dr. Benjamin Wiseman now serves as a consultant on chronic pain caused by nerve damage.

Some 1 in 50 Americans suffer from damage to the peripheral nerves, which connect the rest of the body to the brain and spinal cord. Causes for these problems are many and varied, often involving some form of disease.

Diabetes causes nerve pain in about 25 percent of patients, increasing as the disease develops. This manifestation of nerve pain most often causes burning and numbness sensations in the sensory nerves that relay information from skin and muscles to the brain and spinal cord. Rapid treatment is advised for these conditions.

Cancer can lead to nerve pain in several ways. Tumors can compress nerve tissue or create nutritional problems that affect the nervous system, as can radiation and chemotherapy treatments.

Diseases of the immune system, such as multiple sclerosis, lupus, and inflammatory bowel disease, can cause nerve pain. So can Guillain-Barre syndrome, in which the immune system actively damages peripheral nerves. Other diseases that can lead to nerve pain are Lou Gehrig’s disease, hepatitis C, Lyme disease, HIV, and herpes.

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Chronic Pain – A Basic Introduction

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Anesthesiologist and pain control specialist Dr. Benjamin Wiseman stands out as retired medical director of the Pain Management Center and Tupelo Anesthesia Group Pain Services at North Mississippi Medical Center. Dr. Benjamin Wiseman now serves as a consultant to pain management clinics.

Defined generally as any pain that lasts for an extended period of time, chronic pain affects approximately 100 million people across the United States. The most common time frame for a chronic pain diagnosis is six months, though some physicians may diagnose the condition as early as 12 weeks from onset of pain. Chronic pain may stem from a wide variety of root causes and may present with a number of different kinds of pain. The patient’s description the pain proves essential in developing a treatment plan.

In treating a patient with chronic pain, a physician first takes a pain history that includes onset of pain and defines its frequency, quality, and duration. Once the pain is defined, the patient and his or her health-care team determine appropriate interventions. These may include medication as well as procedures such as nerve blocks, electrical stimulation, or surgery. Many patients also find that alternative therapies, such as meditation and acupuncture, can be helpful in controlling the mental and physical distress that accompanies chronic pain.