NERVE PAIN (Neuralgia) Neuralgia (nerve pain) is pain that follows the path of a nerve. Some of the symptoms are: •
Impaired function of affected body part due to pain, or muscle weakness due to motor nerve damage
Increased sensitivity of the skin or numbness of the affected skin area (feeling similar to a local anesthetic, such as a Novocain shot)
Pain located anywhere, usually on or near the surface of the body o
In the same location for each episode
Sharp, stabbing pain that comes and goes (intermittent) or constant, burning pain
The goal of treatment is to reverse or control the cause of the nerve problem (if found), and provide pain relief. Treatment varies depending on the cause, location, and severity of the pain, and other factors. The cause (if known) should be treated. This may include surgery to remove tumors or separate the nerve from blood vessels or other structures that press on it. This can be done for some cases of carpal tunnel syndrome and trigeminal neuralgia (nerve pain). Medications to control pain may include: •
Antidepressant medications (amitriptyline, nortriptyline, duloxitine)
Antiseizure medications (carbamazepine, gabapentin, lamotrigine or phenytoin) for trigeminal neuralgia (nerve) pain
Mild over-the-counter analgesics (aspirin, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen)
Narcotic analgesics (codeine) for short-term relief of severe pain (however, these do not always work well)
Topical creams containing capsaicin
Other treatments may include: •
Local injections of pain-relieving (anesthetic) drugs
Surgical procedures (such as ablation using radiofrequency, heat, balloon compression, or injection of chemicals) to reduce feeling in the nerve.
Unfortunately, these procedures do not guarantee improvement and can cause loss of feeling or abnormal sensations. Then there is the transdermal patch…Fentanyl. Fentanyl is a potent synthetic (man-made) narcotic. A 100 µg dose of fentanyl is approximately equal to 10 mg of morphine. Fentanyl stimulates receptors on nerves in the brain to increase the threshold to pain (the amount of discomfort that a person must feel in order to be considered painful) and reduce the perception of pain (the perceived importance of the pain). Fentanyl is available in transdermal (for application to the skin), transmucosal (for application to mucus membranes) and parenteral (injectable) forms. Drug Interactions : The use of fentanyl with other central nervous system (CNS) depressants can intensify the effects of fentanyl to depress breathing, depress the brain, sedate, and lower blood pressure. Other drugs that should be used cautiously with fentanyl. Your doctor may also prescribe a TENS unit. (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)TENS is the popularized name for electrical stimulation produced by a portable stimulator and used to treat pain. The unit is usually connected to the skin using two or more electrodes. A typical battery-operated TENS unit is able to modulate pulse width, frequency and intensity. While controversy exists as to its effectiveness in the treatment of chronic pain it works in many cases. The problem is, as with all of the above treatments, the time, the cost, the side effects, the pain in dealing with “The Pain” None of this sounds at all pleasing, but when you have pain, you will do almost anything to get relief…and you want it NOW!
NOW..you have IceWave! Our exclusive non-transdermal patch system utilizes new technology to gently stimulate acupuncture points â€“ literally improving the flow of energy in the body for improvement of pain and discomfort - within minutes of use! New Pain Relief Technology Our bodies require a continuous flow of energy. For example, our brains and nerves transmit electrical signals to our muscles to cause them to use stored chemical energy to contract. Itâ€™s been known for thousands of years that specific frequencies of light can cause specific changes within the human body. When we go out in the sun, a frequency of light causes our body to make Vitamin D. Another frequency of light (UV) will cause our body to make melanin, the chemical that gives us a sun tan. IceWave patches use this knowledge to stimulate acupuncture points on the body for improving the flow of energy and producing drug-free pain relief within minutes of use. ICEWAVE GETS RESULTS
Take a look at the actual before and after pictures above and notice how the reduction of "hot spots" is clearly evident. This local thermal effect means that excess heat is reduced to an injured area and what follows is reduced pain, reduced soreness, and restoration of range of motion to the specific injured site. The top two infrared photos show areas of inflammation (inflammation translates to PAIN) in the neck, shoulders and lower back. Within 5 minutes of applying the pain relief patches a dramatic reduction in temperature and inflammation may be noted. These photos were taken as part of a research study. The overall results were that 34 out of 36 people responded as above to the IceWave patches. Clinical studies show IceWaveâ€™s effectiveness Utilizing medical Infrared imaging clearly shows the unique thermal regulatory effect of IceWave patches. Simply apply the White IceWave patch to the center of the chest and the Tan IceWave patch to the site of pain.