Approximately one in ten people are likely to develop some kind of nerve damage during their lifetime; regardless nerve damage receives considerably less attention than many other chronic conditions. Peripheral neuropathy is the most common ‘umbrella’ term for damage which occurs in the body’s extremities such as hands, feet, and limbs. It can vary from moderate discomfort and numbness, to acute searing pain that seems to occur at random. In perhaps its most extreme manifestation, nerve damage can lead to trigeminal neuralgia, a rare illness that focuses upon severe, sharp, and often long-lasting pain affecting the face.
There are various causes and explanations for why nerve damage may occur. Likewise, the symptoms may change as time passes by, with the pain becoming more or less seemingly at random. Living with nerve damage can be extremely difficult and it is essential as such, that you see a medical center or physical therapist. If nerve damage is diagnosed swiftly, then it is possible – in some cases – to at least partially limit the spread and intensity of the damage through a combination of physical treatment and complementary therapies. Be aware that one of the most frustrating aspects of nerve damage is that every case is different and there is never any certainty that treatments are going to be universally successful.