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Understanding the impact of spinal cord injury nerve pain

On Behalf of | Dec 28, 2021 | Personal Injury |

When someone suffers an injury and has a damaged spinal cord, there is a chance that they will have lasting complications. Among those complications may be a problem with chronic pain caused by damage to the nerves.

Chronic nerve pain can occur because of damage to any part of the spinal cord or nerves. The damage to the nerves may cause problems like weakness and changes in sensation. On top of that, the nerves may become painful or cause unusual sensations that impact a person’s daily life.

Neurogenic pain is a complicated problem

Think of nerve pain as a malfunction of the body’s alarm system. Even after the injury has recovered, the pain may persist. The pain may also be resistant to treatments like taking pain relievers, so relief can be hard to find.

The unfortunate reality of nerve pain is that it is complicated. It may be referred pain, which means that the area of the body that hurts isn’t actually where it was injured, or it might be localized close to the point of injury. This difference makes it hard to identify the direct cause of the pain in some cases, which may prolong a person’s suffering.

After you are injured and are diagnosed with a spinal cord injury, keep track of your pain levels. If nerve pain remains, it’s important to look into treatments specifically for symptoms like tingling or burning. It’s valuable to know how this pain may impact you in the longer term, so you can include it in your personal injury claim. This pain may be hard to manage, but getting financial support is a step in the right direction.