Let’s talk nerve pain

Nerve pain can be a symptom of many different conditions, including cancer, HIV, diabetes, and shingles. For some, nerve pain is frustrating; for others, nerve pain is devastating and life-changing.

Whether it feels like burning, pinpricks, or sudden shocks of electricity, nerve pain can disrupt your life at home and at work. It can limit your ability to get around. Over time, it can grind you down. Studies show that people with nerve pain have higher rates of sleep problems, anxiety, and depression.

When you have a serious medical condition such as cancer or HIV, dealing with the additional misery of nerve pain can be especially hard. But there is good news. While nerve pain can’t always be cured, it can be treated — and there are a lot of good options.

Cancer and other tumors can cause nerve pain. As they grow, tumors can press on the surrounding nerves. Cancers can also grow out of the nerves themselves. Sometimes, treatments for cancer — such as chemotherapy drugs — can damage the nerves, leading to pain.

Symptoms of nerve damage can vary from person to person. Sometimes, the nerves become hypersensitive. Something that normally feels painless — a breeze on your arm, the sensation of a bed sheet on your body — becomes painful.

Damage to the sensory nerves doesn’t only cause pain. It can also result in:

Numbness, Tingling, Pricking, Loss of reflexes

In extreme cases, nerve damage can cause paralysis and affect things like digestion and breathing.

The severity of nerve pain is usually linked to the severity of the underlying disease. So in general, nerve pain tends to be worse as people get older.

Nerve pain can make you feel terribly alone. After all, it’s not an injury that your family or friends can see. You might feel frustrated if they can’t understand what you’re feeling. I have been dealing with nerve pain in my left leg since my back surgery, but my recent spinal biopsy has caused my nerve pain to get much much worse (my pain limit used to level out at a 5-6 and now on a good day I’m at an 8), and it has spread to my left arm as well, causing everyday things like helping in my classroom or even texting such a chore! If you are suffering, please talk to your doctor! Don’t suffer alone! There are treatments!:|| #fuckcancer #melanomaawareness #cancersucks #nervepain #invisibleillness #spoonie #chronicillness #stupidcancer

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