Nerve pain or neuralgia

nerve-pain-medicineNerve pain is also called neuralgia. It is pain that is felt in the environment of a sensory nerve. Feeling nerves are the nerves that transmit painful stimuli. When there is damage to this nerve or something presses against the nerve, nerve pain occurs.  Nerve Renew Best neuropathy supplement Nerve pain occurs after surgery or an amputation, but also as a result of an implant or other damage. Nerve pain can sometimes be treated well, but some people nevertheless continue to walk with pain.

What are the nerves?

To tell a bit more about nerve pain, we first need to know what the nerves are. The nerves are in the peripheral nervous system, not in the central nervous system. These nerves form the connection between the central nervous system and organs or tissues. Nerves consist of many nerve cells. The function of nerves is the transmission of electrical stimuli and messages. Messages run from the brain to the muscles and organs, but also from these back to the brain. Nerves also conduct pain.

Nerve pain

Nerve pain is different from feeling pain. Pain is caused by damage in tissue and organ. The nerves transmit this damage to the brain in the form of pain stimuli. Nerve pain is the feeling of pain arising from the nerve itself, without any organ or tissue being damaged. A sensory nerve is damaged.

The cause may also lie in an inflammatory process that presses on the nerve. Nerve pain can sometimes also be translated as scar pain. This is seen after an operation or amputation. The brain remains active while the body part is removed and can no longer relinquish pain. Often we also see nerve pain with an implant in the jaw. There are no obvious changes in the nerve. This also occurs with a paraplegia. Every year, many people experience nerve pain: an average of 14. 000 people in the Netherlands alone. Nerve pain can be temporary but some people will continue to suffer for a long time.


Nerve pain is a pain that occurs gradually in the area around a sensory nerve. The pain can be throbbing and nagging and continue to last for a few minutes to a few days. Then the pain sinks again. Sometimes the pain remains continuously present. The pain is demonstrable but often difficult to explain. No clear organ or tissue can be identified from which the pain originates. The pain that is felt is sometimes also a bit deeper. Depending on the shape of nerve pain, pain is felt on the back, buttock, leg, arm or face. Nerve pain on a tooth or tooth is also common. This pain can radiate to other teeth or choose.

Different forms of nerve pain

We already mentioned some forms of nerve pain such as amputation (phantom pain) or pain in an implant in the jaw. Nerve pain often occurs after surgery. Certain operations are much more risky, such as a hernia operation and surgery on the groin. A lung operation also causes more nerve pain. These complaints also occur during surgery on the knee. In principle, nerve pain can occur after each operation. Nerve pain usually does not occur immediately after surgery but only when the body is restored. Then begins the period of beating and whining or stabbing pain. This period can continue for several weeks to a few years. Usually nerve pain disappears after a few months after surgery.

Another known form of nerve pain is facial pain. This pain can consist of seizures but can also be present continuously. The cause for this can include shingles, damage or overstimulation of a nerve. Breast pain is more common with mastectomy due to breast cancer. This occurs in more than half of the women who have undergone this operation. In many cases the symptoms disappear again, just like other nerve pains after an operation. But still the nerve pain can continue to hold on. Sciatica is also a form of nerve pain. This causes nerve pain in the back because there is pressure on the sciatic nerve.

Chronic nerve pain

When complaints of nerve pain do not disappear, it can become chronic. This is because the nerve becomes oversensitive. Chronic nerve pain is very difficult to treat. Pain relief can be prescribed. If the symptoms continue to persist, one can proceed to cut the pain nerve. As a result, no pain stimuli are passed on to the brain. A disadvantage of this is that other stimuli are also switched off. The doctor will always discuss the pros and cons of this treatment with the patient. With symptomatic nerve pain (continuous pain), it is often the underlying cause that needs to be addressed. The cause is usually a swelling or inflammation that presses on the nerve. This can be removed, after which the complaints of nerve pain will decrease.