An irritated or damaged nerve usually causes nerve pain. This form of pain is also called neuropathic pain or neuralgia. Someone with nerve pain often feels a tingling, or burning pain for a long time. The complaints usually do not resolve without targeted treatment.
How does pain arise?
Everything you see, smell and feel goes through stimuli. They arise in your nerves and eventually end up in your brain. Even with the pain, such as a blow, nerves send stimuli to the brain. This makes you aware of the pain. A pain stimulus is very useful: it warns that your body is overloaded or damaged so that you can take measures to protect yourself. With nerve pain, a nerve is inflamed, damaged or irritated. Other causes are an infection, reduced functioning of a nerve or a narrowing of the spinal canal.
How do you recognize nerve pain?
Pain complaints can occur in any part of the body. The most common places where someone experiences nerve pain is in the back, a leg, a foot or an arm. You recognize it by the following symptoms:
- Stinging, tingling or burning pain, mostly accompanied by a stabbing, itchy or deaf feeling.
- Pain in a specific part of the body that is extra sensitive to touch This part can also feel cold
- The pain responds poorly to painkillers available at the drugstore.
- Neuropathic pain often lasts for weeks to months and can even become chronic.
Tips To Get Rid Of Nerve Pain:
Tip 1: The right diet
Your eating habits affect pain. Therefore, looking critically at your eating habits is very important and useful in combating pain. In inflammatory diseases such as rheumatism, fibromyalgia, arthritis and osteoarthritis, inflammation is the main cause of chronic pain. What you eat affects how sensitive your body is to making inflammation and pain. Eating the right nutrients helps to control the inflammatory process, increase your resistance to pain and limit the side effects of any medication.
Tip 2: Supplements for pain
To get started, you naturally go to the doctor with your complaints. You may receive medication or regular therapy. With a healthy diet you can ensure that the side effects of, for example, painkillers are better than expected.
I also take various supplements for nerve pain that are of great benefit to me. This article is about pain relief, and because of the law on claims, I am therefore not allowed to tell in this article which supplements can all help with chronic pain. But there are a number of very good natural substances against chronic pain.
Tip 3: Keep a pain diary
Keeping a pain diary helped me a lot. A pain diary provides insight into when and why your pain gets worse. A pain diary can be very valuable for yourself but also for your doctor, for example, because it gives a clear picture of when you have the most pain, what makes the pain worse or improving and which therapies help you. This way, you can also make an overview of which therapies you have done and whether they have been successful or not. This creates your personal pain relief plan.
Tip 4: Exercises
I exercise within my means, three times a week for an hour. For me, "within my means" means that I only do cardio training and fitness with my leg, abdominal and back muscles. In addition, I do daily yoga exercises within my capabilities.
Exercises are essential as it has many important benefits. Exercising improves your blood flow, works as a pain reliever. Because of the endorphins you get through it, improves your condition and provides for your muscle maintenance. By making regular efforts, you can also relax and sleep better.
Tip 5: Visit the physiotherapist
A physiotherapist can be a saving angel. He treats with a massage, releases sticky muscles and resolves trigger points. I always had a radiating pain in my arm, which made it feel like someone was squeezing my arm hard. My physiotherapist has remedied that. I can also move my head better. If you have chronic pain in your musculoskeletal system: go to the physiotherapist.
Tip 6: Get relaxed
Make sure you take a moment every day to charge. Whether you do that through meditation, walking, reading a good book or being together with nice people, take care of me-time. I have made these relaxing things a conscious part of my weekly schedule. Previously I always passed myself too fast. I have lived under high pressure for years due to work and private situations. By consciously taking my moments, the pressure is now gone. Stress hormones have an inflammatory effect on your body, strengthen pain and can literally make you sick. Relaxing is therefore very important to reduce the number of stress hormones in your body to healthy, normal levels.
Tip 7: Adjust your workplace
Make sure you do work that fits your physical abilities. If you work at a desk behind the computer, have an expert (for example an occupational therapist) look at the right work and sitting position for you. Due to a wrong working posture, there is unhealthy pressure on your muscles and joints, so that you do not move in the right way, the tension in your body increases and therefore pain complaints can worsen. Ask your supervisor or health and safety doctor for analysis and adjustment of your workplace for chronic pain complaints and discuss whether your workload fits your (physical and mental) capacity. Being in pain takes a lot of energy, and that affects not only your physical abilities, but also your mental resilience.
Tip 8: Accept your limitations
Body and mind are one within the naturopathic vision. Spiritual awareness of the patterns that I have in my life, therefore, could not be left out of play. This disease, for example, forces me to say no more often or ask for help: I found out that I tend to tackle everything and do it for everyone. This was sometimes at the expense of myself. Now I can literally no longer take it all on my shoulders and so often have to say no or ask for help. Or say that I don't agree and my limit has been reached. I did this far too little, and this devoured me. Now that I have better defined my limits, I feel more powerful, better grounded and more assertive.
Tip 9: Think of solutions
Look at your mindset. I try to think as much as possible in solutions and not in problems. Not being reactive, but being proactive and in that way controlling my health, within the limitations that I have. Being healthy is the basis for a good life. In my eyes, it is, therefore, crucial to take responsibility for this. This is also the reason why I started doing this work. I like to help people work on their health.
You have never been educated in this course. I love personal development, and for me, life is an exploration of yourself and how you interact with others. I want to enjoy life every day, even with everything I can't do. There are still all kinds of therapies that I can try. Recently I got an exciting tip from a business relation about homoeopathy in autoimmune diseases. A whole new group of resources that have only recently been developed. A whole knowledge area to delve into, therefore, both for myself and for our customers. Medicine does not stand still, and neither do I.