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.

Information on Dr. Wiseman’s current activities can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AmericanHealthPaincare?ref=aymt_homepage_panel.

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