If you have nerve pain, you know that it can take many forms: burning, tingling, electric, and pins-and-needles. But if you have no idea what’s causing the pain, you’re not alone. Millions of people have unexplained nerve pain. While traditional medicine can offer some relief, there are a number of other ways to lessen the pain.
Known Causes of Nerve Pain
- Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection
- Celiac disease
- Fabry’s disease
- Medications, including B6 (pyridoxine), isoniazid, HIV drugs, or chemotherapy
- Toxins, such as heavy alcohol use
- Autoimmune conditions, such as lupus and vasculitis
- Vitamin B12 deficiency
- Some cancers, such as lymphoma or myeloma
- Lyme disease
Nerve pain is caused by damage to the nerve. More than 50 medical conditions, drugs, and toxins are known to cause nerve damage, including:
Once a nerve is damaged, it is more likely to start behaving abnormally. It may become quiet and send no information, which causes numbness. Or it may send excessive and inappropriate pain messages.