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Fact or Myth: Does Exercise Aggravate Nerve Pain?

This is a MYTH.

There are many misconceptions about exercise and nerve pain. Many who suffer from chronic pain believe exercise will worsen their condition, but the opposite is actually true.

What is Neuropathic Pain?

Chronic neuropathic pain develops from injury that results in nerve damage.

Damaged nerves at or nearby the original injury become dysfunctional and continue to send pain signals to the brain – even after the injury has healed. Patients diagnosed with neuropathic pain have described the sensations as sharp and severe, a radiating burning or a tingling often accompanied by an uncomfortable numbness.

One example of this condition is phantom limb syndrome after amputation. The damaged nerves closest to the missing limb get stuck in the “on” position and broadcast that the missing appendage continues to throb and, ache, even though there is no longer a limb to feel those sensations.

Patients feel neuropathic pain and the condition rarely responds to traditional pain medication. The condition can gradually worsen – resulting in disability. Some treatment options include prescription anti-inflammatories, antidepressants, anti-epileptics, surgery and electrical stimulation of the nerves.

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