3 Common Causes Of Nerve Pain

Nerve Pain, One Oak Medical

Pain is your body’s way of alerting your brain that there’s danger. Try to grab a hot bowl from the microwave, and the nerves in your hands send signals to your brain that it’s too hot. You drop the bowl before you even know what’s happened, and your body has protected you from getting a serious burn.

But sometimes, your nerves don’t transmit pain signals correctly. When you have a nervous system disorder, your nerves can send pain signals to your brain without an obvious cause. Nerve pain can be difficult to diagnose and treat. Since there’s often no obvious cause of the pain, it can be hard to understand.

Nerve damage and pain can be a result of any number of things. From physical injury that crushes or damages your nerves to diseases and medications that interfere with the messages your nervous system sends, nerve pain can be different for everyone that experiences it. Some damaged nerves stop sending signals, resulting in numbness. Other damaged nerves send pain signals when no physical pain is present.

Nerve pain can range from sharp, severe pain sensations that come and go to constant dull pain that doesn’t go away. While nerve pain can have many causes, here are three common causes of nerve pain. The team of highly-trained physicians at One Oak Medical is here to help you understand and treat your nerve pain, whatever the cause.

1. Diabetes

Diabetic neuropathy is a common condition that causes nerve pain. Over time, patients with high glucose levels in their blood can experience damage to the peripheral nervous system. You may experience numbness and tingling in your hands and feet as a result of this condition.

If there’s no pain associated with the numbness, you may not even notice it. However, this is a dangerous situation because it makes your body more susceptible to injury without you noticing. Unknown injuries can put you at risk for infection and other conditions.

2. Cancer or tumors

Cancer can cause nerve pain in a few ways. Cancerous masses (and even non-cancerous tumors) can push against nerves, crushing them and causing pain. Cancers like lymphoma and myeloma can cause nerve damage, while other cancers can lead to nutrient deficiencies that impair nerve function.

Chemotherapy and radiation can also cause nerve damage and pain for some patients. Talking to your doctor about nerve pain throughout treatment is important to help minimize damage.

3. HIV

Nerve pain in your hands and feet is often the first sign of nerve damage associated with HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus. The virus weakens your body’s immune system over time and damages your nerves through inflammation in your body. HIV makes you more susceptible to developing other diseases and cancers, which can contribute to nerve pain as well.

These causes, among others that include shingles, physical injuries, and some chronic conditions, can cause long-lasting nerve pain. Nerve pain is different for everyone and it can be difficult to accurately describe. While some patients feel extreme pain at the slightest touch, others experience dull aching pain, burning, or tingling on a daily basis.


At One Oak Medical, our team is committed to understanding and treating your nerve pain. Depending on your condition, we may recommend physical therapy, medication, or surgery to relieve your pain and help you start enjoying life again.

We’ll help you uncover the cause of your nerve pain and develop the best treatment method. To get started on a nerve pain treatment plan that’s right for you, call our office or request your first appointment online.

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