Treating Neuropathic Pain
Neuropathic pain is complex and chronic and usually accompanies tissue injury. The nerve fibers may be damaged,dysfunctional or injured and send incorrect signals to other pain centers. Some common causes of neuropathic pain are:
- Amputation (phantom limb pain)
- Chronic neuropathic abdominal & pelvic pain
- Chemotherapy induced neuropathy
- Diabetes (diabetic neuropathy)
- Facial nerve problems (trigeminal neuralgia)
- Multiple sclerosis
- Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS or RSD)
- Shingles (postherpetic neuralgia)
- Occipital neuralgia
- Spine surgery (failed back surgery syndrome)
Patients suffering from chronic or recurring low back pain, especially those who have tried other conservative pain management treatments with little or no success, may get the relief they want from neuromodulation therapy. It is a noninvasive, low-risk therapy that can treat pain in its early stages. It may even reduce the number of patients who progress to debilitating, long-term pain. Treatments may also provide patients increased activity levels, improved sleep and reduced need for pain medications. Kenneth C. Lewis, MD, is a board-certified anesthesiologist with many years of experience treating neuropathic pain. He uses the most advanced interventional pain techniques including medication management to treat neuropathic symptoms. Other techniques include diagnostic testing of the sympathetic nervous system to clarify potential pain generators and potentially provide lasting relief. Spinal cord stimulation.
In hard-to-treat cases, we may use implantable device therapies such as spinal cord stimulators to more effectively manage the pain. Electrical stimulation of the nerves can significantly control the patient’s pain. Neuropathic pain tends to be only partially responsive to opioid therapy. Peripheral nerve stimulation. For patients who suffer from intractable occipital neuralgia (headache pain), options may include implantation of a peripheral nerve stimulator for permanent relief. The compassionate help you need. Instead of suffering with neuropathic pain, see Dr. Lewis. He’ll find the most effective way to treat your pain. And he welcomes and encourages your referrals.