Pain – it is something most of us have experienced at some point in our life, but for some that experience of pain does not go away leading to chronic pain and the need for some help with Pain Management. Let’s have a look at the two basic pain types – neuropathic pain and nociceptive pain – how pain is treated will depend on the type of pain you are dealing with.
Types of Neuropathic Pain
Neuropathic pain includes:
• Sympathetically maintained pain
• Interstitial cystitis
• CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome)
Treating Neuropathic Pain
The different neuropathic pains are often difficult to treat. With a careful diagnosis and then a combination of treatments, there is a good chance that you can enjoy improvement in your pain. Medications are very important in the treatment of neuropathic pain. They work to change how your body handles pain information, using the central nervous system to filter out pain.
For example, let’s say you sit in a chair. The peripheral nerves would then send a response to the nervous system the pressure that is occurring between the body and chair. But because it serves no purpose, your spinal cord filters this message out.
There are a number of medications used to treat neuropathic pain that will accomplish this filter process. Medications that are used include:
• Antiseizure medications that affect the various neurotransmitters
• Antidepressant medications that affect nonrepinephrine and serotonin levels
• A spinal cord stimulators one of the best tools for treating neuropathic pain, which delivers small amounts of electrical energy directly to the spine, which lets the spinal cord normally function even with a painful condition, by interrupting pain that’s inappropriately being sent to the brain.
Types of Nociceptive Pain
The majority of pain that happens in the legs, arms and back is nociceptive that can be divided into either radicular or somatic pain
• Radicular pain stems from the nerve roots becoming irritated. For example, that which occurs with a disc herniation. It runs down the leg and exits from the spinal cord nerve root. There is weakness, tingling, numbness and a loss of reflexes with radicular pain
• Somatic pain is limited to the thighs or back. Research shows that the majority of back pain that does not go away after being treated conservatively usually comes from 1 of 3 back structures: the sacroiliac joint, the discs, or the facet joints.
How a Pain Clinic Can Help With Pain Management
When you suffer with pain your doctor will try to treat you, but it doesn’t always relieve your pain. In these situations, a pain clinic may be beneficial in your pain management determining what kind of pain you are having and then figuring out the best treatment plan.
Pain Management will usually include the use of prescription and/or non-prescription drugs, exercise, physical therapy, alternative treatments, stress management, and more. After all, the focus is to get all aspects of your pain under control so that you can get your life back.