Three Steps to Reduced Nerve Pain

Lessening nerve pain
There are many different conditions that cause nerve pain. The examples that follow show that three basic steps are needed in all conditions causing nerve pain:

  1. Remove the underlying cause (such as toxic sugar, virus infection or nerve strangulation)
  2. Restore proper nutrition
  3. Reduce stress

What is pain?
Pain is a message from your brain that something is wrong. It is the transmission of a specific type of impulse from the body site of an injury to the spine, then from the spine to the brain. Depending on the origin of the impulse, the signal may produce either a “sharp” or “dull” pain. There may also be a feeling of unusually hot or cold.

Nerve pain
One kind of pain does not follow this site-to-spine-to-brain path. It is nerve pain. Remember, pain is not felt at the site of injury. Instead, stimulation at the injury site is interpreted by the brain as pain. Sometimes the brain interprets pain from a body site when there is no actual injury. This is called “neurogenic pain,” meaning the pain originates from the nerves themselves. In other words, even though there is no injury to the body site served by the nerve, it feels like there is an injury. This can be thought of as a serious misunderstanding between the body and the brain; normal conversations along the nerves are being interpreted as insults by the brain.

Diabetic neuropathy induced nerve pain
One of the most common conditions to cause this type of miscommunication is diabetic neuropathy (DN). Incidences of diabetes increase is being observed worldwide, DN increases are being observed as well. It begins when a perfect storm of toxic levels of blood sugar, severe nutrient deficiency (especially Vitamin B-12) and life-stress combine to create nerve damage. We can actually observe DN damage under a microscope.

Small craters (similar to potholes in a street) form in the nerve and start to send out distress signals. A nerve is like a “two-way street.” So, the signal goes up to the spine and brain and (at the same time) down to ends of the fingers or toes (or any other nerve ending).

You must treat the root causes to promote healing in DN-damaged nerves. First, stabilize your blood sugar, reduce your stress and improve nutrition with the specific nutrients needed to help combat diabetic neuropathy.

Two more forms of nerve pain
Nerve pain can also come from either infection (such as shingles) or nerve strangulation (such as trigeminal nerve pain). The same procedure for promoting healing applies with these conditions: remove the irritant, reduce stress on the nerve and restore proper nutrition.

  • Shingles – In the case of shingles, removing the irritant means neutralizing the virus. Many modern drugs can be useful here. Proteolytic enzymes can also be very useful with or without anti-viral medications (however, the greatest benefit seems to occur when both remedies are used together). Restoring nutrients that heal the nerves should begin immediately. Also, remember that stress is often the trigger for shingles. You can use adaptogens to build a defense against stress.
  • Trigeminal neuralgia – A similar approach is required for trigeminal neuralgia. however, it is less often caused by an infection and more often caused by a physical strangulation of the nerve. This means that any remedy for trigeminal nerve pain should include physical manipulation of the cranial bones. Many Osteopathic physicians, Chiropractors and even some massage therapists are trained in cranial manipulation.

In summary
The examples above show that three basic steps are needed regardless of the conditions causing nerve pain:

  1. Remove the underlying cause (such as toxic sugar, virus infection or nerve strangulation)
  2. Restore proper nutrition
  3. Reduce stress

Follow these steps and most nerve/brain “misunderstandings” can be resolved and nerve pain improved.

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