There are many causes of nerve pain but the following are the main one:
– Compressed and damaged as a result of a traumatic event such as a fall,
-Nerve damage after a surgery,
-Plantar fasciitis or foot pain in general,
-Fibromyalgia, tendons, and pain in the muscles, ligaments,
-Post-herpetic Neuralgia (PHN), the onset of pain from the Shingles Rash,
-Diabetes, neuropathic and neuropathy pain.
Nerves do many astonishing things, such as instructing our stomach to digest the food we eat, directing our heart to pump our blood and empowering our eyes to read this page. These nerves are called efferent nerves. Efferent nerves carry signals from your brain to your body.
Various receptors in afferent nerves assist us to differentiate cold and hot, a light touch from heavy pressure, and the many intensities of pain signals: sharp, dull, throbbing, fixed, migrating, piercing, etc. Even numbness or the “pins-and-needles” feelings are really pain sensations because of their afferent nerve signals.
Nerves are covered in a protective sheath called myelin. The myelin sheath may become damaged by injury, toxicity, and because of certain deficiencies such as Vitamin B-12 and folic acid. When this occurs, we will feel pain sensations even though no injury really exists.
This is where the deception begins.
Translating the signals
A pain signal’s purpose is to make you avoid serious injury. If you put your hand on a hot stove, a pain signal gets you to quickly remove or withdraw your hand before a more serious injury occurs. The same is true with cold, sharp, dull, etc. Pain is the great motivator!
Afferent nerves don’t really feel pain. You don’t really feel pain. Your nerves merely carry a signal from your body to your brain. Then, your brain interprets this signal according to the type of nerve that communicates the message.
- When you touch something hot, your brain perceives heat; you don’t really feel the heat.
- When you touch something cold, your brain perceives cold; you don’t really feel the cold.
As strange as this may sound, when you encounter pain you are not really feeling pain; your brain is interpreting a signal as pain. This distinction becomes very important as we discuss the remedies for chronic pain.