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    What is Postherpetic Neuralgia?

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Postherpetic neuralgia occurs as a complication of the disease shingles. Shingles is caused by the herpes zoster virus, which is responsible for chicken pox in children and young adults. If shingles develops later in life, however, it can damage the nerves, leading to signal confusion and chronic pain. This pain may last for months or years after your experienced shingles. The risk of developing postherpetic neuralgia increases significantly over the age of 60. Postherpetic neuralgia causes sharp, burning pain, sensitivity to touch, itching, and numbness in the affected areas. In some cases, muscle weakness or paralysis can also result if the nerves affected by the virus are responsible for movement. Postherpetic neuralgia pain can be extremely disruptive, affecting your enjoyment of life. Treatments include medicated skin patches and oral medication to ease the symptoms and relieve nerve pain.

    If you have questions about postherpetic neuralgia or other forms of chronic pain, contact Pain Specialists of Orange County today. We have the expertise and dedication to patient care to help you manage your pain and regain enjoyment of life. Please visit our website or call (888) 699-1334 to schedule an appointment in Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills, or Irvine.

    Acute Pain vs. Chronic Pain

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Acute and chronic pain are two very different forms of pain. This short video explains the difference between the two and when you should seek help for chronic pain.

    Pain and swelling that are associated with an injury are called acute pain. This type of pain warns your body away from dangerous situations or circumstances which could make an injury worse. Chronic pain, however, doesn’t serve this purpose. Pain that lasts more than three months is called chronic pain, and should be brought to the attention of your doctor.

    Whether you need help managing acute or chronic pain, the doctors at Pain Specialists of Orange County can help. Call us today at (888) 699-1334 to find out why we are the patients’ choice in pain management services in Irvine, Mission Viejo, and Laguna Hills. Visit our website to learn more about acute and chronic pain.

    7th Annual "Neuropathy Action Awareness Day"

    Last updated 4 years ago

    The Neuropathy Action Foundation invites you and your patients to register and join us for the largest neuropathy event in the Western U.S. this year! The 7th Annual “Neuropathy Action Awareness Day” will be held on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at the Mr. C Hotel in Beverly Hills. This event is FREE to neuropathy patients and caregivers.

    In addition to some of the best neurologists - joining us will be Jerry Mathers, American television, film, and stage actor best known for his role in the television series Leave It to Beaver, in which he played  "Beaver" Cleaver.  Jerry suffers from Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy (DPN) and will discuss his experiences with neuropathy.  There will also be a Silent Auction and Exhibitors from several vendors and partners such as the Power of Pain Foundation, Walgreens, CORAM, Origin BioMed, LA Network Support Group, GBS-CIDP Foundation International, Bloodsource and many more!

     

    Understanding the Causes and Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Spinal stenosis is a disorder of the spine that can result in pain and numbness. There are many different underlying medical conditions that cause spinal stenosis. Your pain management doctor will usually perform imaging tests to diagnose the condition, and then discuss your treatment options with you, which may include medications and physical therapy. Here’s a closer look at the specific causes of spinal stenosis and the typical symptoms associated with it:

    Causes of Spinal Stenosis

    Normally, your vertebral canal allows plenty of space for your spinal cord and cauda equine, which are nerve roots. Spinal stenosis is a condition in which the vertebral canal is narrowed, resulting in pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. Most people experience spinal stenosis in the lower back or neck.

    Contributing Medical Conditions

    Spinal stenosis may be acquired or inherited. You might have inherited a naturally smaller canal, or you might have scoliosis or achondroplasia, both of which are conditions that can cause spinal stenosis. Degenerative conditions, such as a bulging disc, due to the natural aging process are other possible causes of spinal stenosis. Other contributing medical conditions may include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, Paget’s disease of bone, and spinal tumors. Some people develop this painful condition from physical trauma, such as a car accident. These injuries can cause the vertebrae to fracture or dislocate, which damages the innards of the spinal canal, inflames the surrounding tissue, and places pressure on the nerves.

    Typical Symptoms

    Not everyone with spinal stenosis experiences symptoms that require a pain management plan. When symptoms do occur, they often get progressively worse. Tell your pain management doctor about all of your symptoms, which might include pain or cramping in the legs, or numbness and weakness in the limbs. You might also have incontinence if the bladder or bowel nerves are affected.

    If you have spinal stenosis, a pain management doctor can help. Call Pain Specialists of Orange County at (888) 699-1334 or visit our website to learn more about our pain specialists. We’re conveniently located in Irvine, Mission Viejo, and Laguna Hills.

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