Pain sensations vary depending on what’s causing them. Nerve pain is a type of pain that causes stabbing, burning, or tingling sensations. At Spine Technology and Rehabilitation in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the interventional pain management specialist Joseph Fortin, DO, is a pain detective. He offers thorough evaluations to find and fix the root cause of your pain. Call the office today or book an appointment online to get the care you need to ease your painful condition.
Nerve pain, also called neuralgia or neuropathic pain, is pain generated by conditions that affect the nerves that carry sensory information to the brain. The pain will develop if the nerve is injured or compressed (pinched).
Diabetes and inadequate nutrition, like a vitamin B12 deficiency, are also common causes of nerve pain.
Nerve pain is classified according to the type of nerve that’s creating your pain. Some of the common types include:
Post-herpetic nerve pain can show up after a shingles infection. Shingles is a form of the chickenpox that lies dormant in your nervous system. When it’s activated, the virus causes severe pain and a rash.
The virus, if left untreated, can damage the nerves at the site of the infection, leading to post-herpetic nerve pain.
Your trigeminal nerve is a complex cranial nerve that provides the sensations you feel in your face. Trigeminal nerve pain causes pain in the jaw or cheek.
Occipital nerve pain causes pain that starts at the base of your skull and travels into the back of your head. This pain can develop from the pinching of the nerve or muscle tightness in the neck.
Sciatica causes pain that travels from your lower back down through your buttocks and into your leg on one side of the body. Irritation or pinching of the sciatic nerve causes the nerve pain.
Nerve pain symptoms differ from other types of pain conditions. Common symptoms include:
The severity of your symptoms can vary. However, many people report that their pain gets worse at night.
Dr. Fortin is an interventional pain management specialist. His goal during your nerve pain consultation is to find the root cause of your pain so he can provide the most effective treatment.
During your consultation, he asks detailed questions about your symptoms and when they started. He also reviews your medical history and the medicines you're using and then does a physical exam.
To better understand the cause of your nerve pain, he can order diagnostic tests such as an electromyography (EMG) and a nerve conduction study (NCS).
Dr. Fortin develops personalized treatment plans for nerve pain based on the type of nerve pain you have, its underlying cause, and how severe your symptoms are. Your treatment plan can include:
Dr. Fortin schedules regular follow-up appointments to monitor your pain and adjust your treatment plan as needed.
There’s no need to suffer from your nerve pain. Call Spine Technology and Rehabilitation today or schedule an appointment online to discuss your treatment options with the interventional pain management specialist.