If you suffer from catastrophic injuries in an automobile crash or in a workplace accident, one of the complications that could affect you is nerve pain. Nerve pain may feel different for each person, but it has a real potential to permanently alter your quality of life after a catastrophic injury.
Nerve pain, which is also known as neuropathic pain, is a type of chronic pain that is caused by nerve irritation, damage or destruction. What is interesting about it is that it doesn’t present in the same way for everyone. Some people will have sharp, shooting pains. Other people will feel prickling sensations or like their skin is burning.
While nerve pain may be nothing more than a mild irritation for some people, it can be acute for others.
Chronic nerve pain doesn’t always tell the whole story
It is true that nerve pain doesn’t always reflect the severity of an injury that you suffered. What seems like a small incision or laceration might lead to severe shooting pain. A massive laceration might only lead to mild tingling. It can certainly be hard to predict how nerve pain will arise and affect you.
Nerve pain is complicated by the fact that it may be localized or referred. Pain that you feel in your arm might be referred from your neck, for example. This can make it hard to treat the underlying cause and to help patients get relief.
If you are living with nerve pain after an accident, you deserve support. Our website has more on what to do when catastrophic injuries have permanently altered your life. Exploring your legal options can help you obtain compensation that will pay for treatment.