Nerve pain is near the top of the list when it comes to severe pain. Nerves are the very thing that sense pain, and when pain originates in a nerve, it can be agonizing.
Many times, nerve pain is caused by damaged or dying nerves. Damage can be due to toxic injury, resulting in interference with the “electrical” or “energetic” quality of nerve signaling. Compression, physical damage or mechanical damage can lead to nerve pain. Nerve pain can even be the perception in the brain of pain in a nerve that once communicated with that part of the brain, even though that nerve cell may no longer exist. Nerves can even be damaged when nearby nerves experience trauma, causing the traumatized nerves to release chemicals (such as neurotransmitters) that cause the neighboring nerve cells to become overexcited and unable to become “quiet.” They then become damaged themselves. Nerves can be damaged by over-activity, causing their metabolic rate to become so high that metabolic waste causes damage.
It used to be believed that once nerve damage occurs, it can never be repaired, or once a nerve cell dies, it is gone forever. Now we know this is not true. Thank goodness!
To solve the problem of nerve pain, work first has to be done to determine the cause. Taking care to remove the cause, we can apply stem cell treatments to repair or regenerate nerves. At times, hormone treatments can be helpful to repair the nerve’s structure or its neighboring structures, such as myelin.
These treatments hold great promise for the patient with nerve pain, who once might have had no hope.
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