What Is Nerve Pain and Its Causes?

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What Is Nerve Pain and Its Causes?

August 3, 2020


If back pain is the product of a backbone problem, the source of pain itself irritates either a nerve or a disc. Distinguishing between the two creates confusion as doctors generally use different terminology like a slipped disc, a herniated disc, a nerve pinched and/or a degenerated disk to identify the problem.

Learn all about what happens, mainly if you have a pinched nerve or any issue related to your disc, and consult pain management doctor without delay.

Pinched Nerve

If a spinal disc causes a nearby nerve root to become physically stretched, irritated, or burned, this isn’t the disc that causes the pain— it’s nerve pressure due to disc interference. Pressure from the pinched root of the nerve will radiate through your foot and leg along the direction of the nerve. There may also be physiological issues, such as fatigue, numbness, and sense-like needles inside the skin.

This kind of pain is known as radiculopathy medically. Radiculopathy is commonly referred to as sciatica when radiculopathy happens due to inflammation or pain from particular nerve roots in the lower back (L4 to S3).

Issues Caused by Pinched Nerves:

  • Herniated discs

  • Stenosis of the spine

  • Bone spells caused by arthritis

  • Bone spurts

Although less common, a tumor, infection, or spondylolisthesis may also be caused by other conditions.

Degenerated Disc Inflammation

If intervertebral discs are the cause of the back pain, they are called discogenic back pain. Due to trauma or wear and tear, the following mechanisms may degenerate a backbone:

During disc degeneration, inflammatory proteins can be released into the disc. A degenerated disc can also herniate, leading to the leakage of internal inflammatory material. These inflammatory agents can annoy or inflame any neighborhood nerve, which can also lead to pain.

Degeneration can lead to fluid content loss and dehydration in the discs. The degree of shrinkage of the disc can cause the spinal canal to decrease and cause radiculopathy.

Disk degeneration can also lead to an unstable spinal segment and is not so successful as to resist movement in the spine.

The muscles in this region can spasm, leading to sharp and severe pain and worsening back pain while the body is attempting to overcome inflammation, instability, and pain. Degenerated disc pain may be restricted or can extend through the leg (radiculopathy).

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**Disclaimer: This content should not be considered medical advice and does not imply a doctor-patient relationship.

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