At Roswell Infusions, we understand the debilitating effects of neuropathic pain on an individual’s daily life. That’s why we are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to our patients, including helping them to understand the signs and symptoms of neuropathic pain and providing effective treatment options.
What is Neuropathic Pain?
Neuropathic pain is a type of chronic pain that is caused by damage or dysfunction in the nervous system. It can be caused by a variety of conditions, such as diabetes, nerve injuries, or autoimmune disorders. The pain is often described as burning, shooting, stabbing, or tingling and can be accompanied by other symptoms such as numbness or weakness.
Signs and Symptoms of Neuropathic Pain
- Burning or shooting pain: The pain can be described as a burning or shooting sensation in the affected area.
- Tingling or “pins and needles” sensation: Some people with neuropathic pain may experience a tingling or “pins and needles” sensation in the affected area.
- Numbness: Numbness or a loss of sensation in the affected area can also be a symptom of neuropathic pain.
- Sensitivity to touch: Some people with neuropathic pain may be more sensitive to touch in the affected area.
- Weakness: Weakness in the affected area can also be a symptom of neuropathic pain.
Neuropathic pain is caused by damage or dysfunction of the nervous system. This can be the result of a variety of underlying conditions or injuries, including:
- Diabetes: High blood sugar levels can damage the nerves over time, leading to neuropathic pain in the hands, feet, and other parts of the body.
- Nerve injuries: Trauma or injury to a nerve can cause neuropathic pain. This can occur as a result of a physical injury, surgery, or certain medical treatments.
- Autoimmune disorders: Certain autoimmune disorders can cause inflammation that damages nerves, leading to neuropathic pain.
- Tumors: Tumors that press on nerves can cause neuropathic pain.
- Vitamin deficiencies: Certain vitamin deficiencies, such as Vitamin B12, can cause neuropathic pain.
- Toxins: Certain toxins, such as heavy metals and certain chemicals, can cause neuropathic pain.
It’s important to note that in some cases, the cause of neuropathic pain may not be able to be identified.
Finding Relief for Neuropathic Pain
There are a variety of treatment options available for neuropathic pain, including medications, physical therapy, and nerve blocks. However, for some individuals, these treatments may not provide adequate relief.
Ketamine for Neuropathic Pain Relief
At Roswell Infusions, we offer ketamine infusion therapy as a treatment option for neuropathic pain. Ketamine is a medication that is primarily used as an anesthetic and pain reliever. It is also being studied for its potential to treat a variety of neurological and psychiatric conditions, including neuropathic pain. Recent studies have shown that ketamine may be effective in treating neuropathic pain by reducing the severity of pain and improving the quality of life for individuals with neuropathic pain.