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Neuropathic / Nerve Pain

Neuropathic Pain: Burning for Relief

Electric shocks coursing through your limbs. Feet on fire. Even the thin bed-sheet on your body feels unbearable. In contrast to the type of pain you experience from most ordinary injuries or ailments, it is the nerve tissue itself that has been injured and boy, does it let you know about it.

With neuropathic pain, the nerve fibers themselves may be damaged, dysfunctional, or injured. These damaged nerve fibers send incorrect signals to other pain centers. Burning sensations, tingling and ‘pins-and-needles’ are hallmarks. Bizarrely, it can even cause pain in areas so numb you can’t feel yourself being pinched.

A wide variety of conditions can cause neuropathic pain – including diabetes, trigeminal neuralgia, slipped disc, shingles, MS, stroke, spinal cord injury, and cancer.

A recent study suggests acupuncture gets excellent results. Dr Ziyong Ju found that with neuropathic pain due to nerve injury were much more tolerant to touch after acupuncture. This correlated with an increase in Ephrin-B3, a protein involved in pain perception and building new nerve connections. Contact us today to see how well acupuncture will work for you.

“Some time ago, I was experiencing a sharp stabbing pain in my back, as well as severe pain and numbness down my my legs. It affected a number of daily activities including driving, working, sitting, standing and countless others. I attended other very good therapists through the time trying to get answers. I made an appointment to see Cathal and after the first session there was at least a 50% improvement. I couldn’t believe it and I was sceptical. However, after 5 or 6 sessions the problem has all but disappeared. But what has impressed me most is the strength that I have regained – I didn’t realise how weak the injury was making me. I would highly Cathal regardless of the type of injury or pain!”

Coreen Vahey, Dublin

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