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Experiencing Nerve Pain After Surgery? Here’s What It Could Mean


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If you’re experiencing nerve pain after surgery, you’re not alone. But what does it mean?

There are many potential causes of nerve pain after surgery. Most commonly, it is due to damaged nerves as a result of a particular procedure. This pain typically lasts for a few weeks or months following surgery; in some cases, however, this pain never goes away. Some surgical procedures are more likely to cause nerve pain than others.

For example, surgery that is performed to treat existing nerve damage is likely to result in some post-operative pain. Additionally, surgeries performed on or near the nervous system are likely to result in some residual pain.

So, how do you know if you are dealing with nerve pain commonly associated with a recent procedure or something bigger that you should consult your physician about? The answer might depend on your symptoms. 

A woman experiencing nerve pain after surgery.

Common Symptoms of Nerve Pain After Surgery

Undergoing surgery can be an overwhelming experience and knowing what to expect afterwards, including any post surgery discomfort, can help you feel more prepared. Throughout your recovery, you might sense some changes in your body, such as nerve pain. Nerve pain after surgery often manifests itself in varied ways. Here, we have broken down the most common symptoms to help you feel more informed on what could occur.

  1. Sharp, Shooting Pain: Imagine a lightning bolt shooting across a sky during a storm. That’s how a sharp, shooting pain might feel. It generally travels along the path of the nerve that’s been affected during the surgery. It may arrive suddenly and may feel intense, almost as if someone quickly flicked a light switch on and off.
  2. Burning Sensation: This sensation can feel as though a part of your body, where the surgery took place, is being held too close to a campfire. The burning isn’t typically a surface wound burn, but a pain that feels more deep-seated within the body.
  3. Loss of Movement or Sensation: Some individuals may notice that they have difficulty moving a portion of their body or may feel a numbing sensation. Think of this like when you sit in one position for too long and your foot ‘falls asleep’. It can feel a bit like that – a bit numb and likely not performing as it usually does.
  4. Extreme Sensitivity to Touch: This would be like wearing a shirt with a tag that continually causes an itch or discomfort. Even light touches can feel too heavy. Something as seemingly insignificant as a breeze or the light touch of cotton may lead to an increase in pain.

Understanding these symptoms doesn’t just help you recognize them, but can also offer some solace that what you’re experiencing is common and a typical part of the healing journey. Remember, each person’s recovery journey is unique and experiences with nerve pain can differ widely. If you’re in any doubt or feeling concerned, it’s always wise to reach out to a healthcare professional to discuss your symptoms. You’re not alone in this journey, and it’s perfectly alright to ask for help when you need it.

How to Treat Nerve Pain After Surgery

If you are suffering from nerve pain after surgery, understanding your treatment options is the first step to taking back control of your life and returning to living free from pain. Depending on the level of pain you are experiencing, you might be able to treat or manage nerve pain after surgery at home. There are many topical treatments on the market that can be applied directly to the skin in order to alleviate nerve pain, including topical lidocaine gel.

Over-the-counter painkillers like Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen can also temporarily relieve pain. In recent years, many patients have reported experiencing relief from nerve pain after surgery with the use of herbal remedies and natural medical alternatives such as CBD topicals or oils.

In some cases, nerve pain after surgery might be too extreme to treat at home. Suppose you are experiencing sharp, burning nerve pain after surgery and are not finding relief with the use of over-the-counter topical gels or painkillers. In that case, it might be time to contact your doctor to create a personalized treatment plan to reduce your pain.

Some doctors might recommend stronger prescription painkillers or require further surgery. Your treatment plan will depend on the level of pain you are experiencing and the type of surgery you have recently undergone.

Pain Relief at Asuta Health

If you are suffering from nerve pain after surgery, it might be time to contact the experts at Asuta Health. We will work with you to create a customized treatment plan to alleviate neuropathy symptoms with the use of our cutting-edge technology that does not rely on the use of surgery or harmful medications.

Our treatments use your body’s natural healing cycle to resolve neuropathy at the source, providing fast, permanent relief from the uncomfortable symptoms of nerve pain after surgery.

To learn more about our services or to begin creating your custom treatment plan to alleviate nerve pain naturally, contact us today or click to schedule a free evaluation.

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