MS Pain: What Types
of Nerve Pain are Associated
with Multiple Sclerosis?
or multiple sclerosis nerve pain -- in my opinion, is
of the toughest
symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis to have to “live with”. I
something needs to be done to find ways that can help to reduce or
maybe even eliminate MS nerve pain.
Although it has not been totally determined, as of yet, what may
cause many of the types of pain that are being experienced in many
cases of Multiple Sclerosis, more theories are coming to the surface of
what may be possible causes of MS nerve pain.
Part of what makes
the presence of so many kinds of what appears to be MS nerve pain so
confusing is that many cases of Multiple Sclerosis do not include much or any nerve
pain at all. Sometimes the Multiple Sclerosis pain can be
replaced with numbness and/or tingling instead. This is very
confusing to most doctors. But as the research in Multiple
Sclerosis advances, more and more is being understood about the cause
and effect of Multiple Sclerosis on the body.
Sometimes it appears that the scarring that remains after
the MS attacks on the nerves throughout the brain and the spinal cord,
or maybe even any
other nerves throughout the body, can possibly even result in an over
stimulation of nerves. This over reactive response of the
nerves can cause a feedback loop type of effect, that can over
stimulate the pain
center of the brain and can result in intense MS nerve pain that may be
very difficult to pin-point, define or even find ways to effectively
reduce or eliminate the source of the over stimulation.
The MS pain can
appear in a few different ways:
this is one types of MS nerve pain that comes and goes, but is
mostly concentrated in the girth region (around the rib cage, the
waist, or anywhere along the lower or middle of the back), although it
can also be from the top of the back clear down to the base of the
spine. More typically this type of nerve pain tends to appear anywhere
around the ribs. This type of pain moves around and you never really
know where it is going to show up, for how long it is going to stay
where it appears before it just disappears, or how intense the pain can
Sclerosis Foot Pain - this can be an aching, throbbing or
intense pain at one point or more on the top, bottom or side of the
foot or on one or more of the toes on either or both of the feet. This
type of pain can make it difficult to stand, walk or balance.
This type of pain can also interfere with sleep.
Pain and MS can
be in any part of either or both arms and either be a shooting pain
(kind of like a shock wave), that follows the nerves that runs up and
down each of the arms, from the hands clear up to the shoulder, or it
can be an intense pain that is at a particular point, anywhere on each
arm that either stays in one spot or moves around randomly, as it comes
Sclerosis sciatica or MS sciatica
-- this is an intense shooting nerve pain that travels up and down the
back of one or both legs to the base of the spine just above the
buttox, where the nerves from the legs meet the nerves at the base of
the spine. This type of pain can be continuous or
intermittent as it travels up and down the back of one or both of the
legs. This nerve pain can often be so painful that it can be
The intense sciatic
pain can make it very painful to sit down. Sitting
down puts more pressure on the nerves or it can cause
more stimulation to the affected nerves, which can cause result in the
pain become much worse and longer lasting, after sitting for only 5 or
* MS Leg Pain-
this type of nerve pain is more of a point source pain that appears at
a specific point or points on either of the legs or maybe even
on either foot. This type of pain tends to come and go and
move around from location to location, but either way that it appears,
it tends to be a more intense pain at one point or over a small area of
the leg or foot that is more concentrated into a more specific location.
* MS Back Pain - this type of nerve pain
appears to be more frequent in those with MS for a few different
reasons, which may not or may not be a nerve related pain.
Sciatic pain can result in back pain o he lower back in some
cases of ms. If this occurs, the pain originates in the legs,
travels up the back or both of the legs and ends as a intense nerve
pain or a throbbing pain at the lower part of the back just above the
buttox, where e the nerves all meet at one point in the lower back.
Other back pain that is related to ms may be caused when lifting things
or twisting the wrong way and causing added strain on the lower back.
Of the different types of Multiple Sclerosis nerve pain, it depends on
what may be causing the specific type of MS nerve pain that you are
It is not an easy task to determine what causes MS nerve pain.
It is know that Multiple Sclerosis can attack the nerves
throughout the entire Central Nervous system, but it is not an easy
task at times to identify which particular nerves are connected to each
specific type of MS nerve pain.
Effects of Multiple Sclerosis, which can cause or at least contribute
to MS pain can include:
* an over reaction of the nerves that is centered in the
brain -- this is often a problem where the pain center of the brain can
be falsely stimulated because of the scrambling of the nerve signals
from damage to the nerves that often can result in most cases of
Multiple Sclerosis, but it as simple as this. If this was the
only problem, why is it that many people with brain scarring do not
experience nerve pain?
can Help to Relieve MS pain
to the Nerves?
* MS Yoga -- both stretching and relaxing exercises are often
done with most forms of yoga. The objective of doing yoga is
to relax and de-stress the whole body and help to bring the body back
into energetic balance. Yoga can help with some forms of ms
nerve pain by relaxing the over reactive nervous system.
Unfortunately, yoga does not always relieve all the different types of
Multiple Sclerosis nerve pain.
and strengthening exercises, like some of those done with
yoga for ms may help to alleviate this type of lower back pain and
relax the stress on the lower back.
Yoga exercises or having ms
acupuncture sessions may help to relieve lower ms
back pain or other types of ms nerve pain
-- as far as those that are nerve related.
Another type of back pain that may be associated with Multiple
Sclerosis is a result from those of us that are in a wheelchair and
unable to stand or walk much. Using just your arms to pick up things
(especially if picking things up off of the floor) can add to the
stress that is caused to your lower back, which can result in straining
your back, which can add to ms-related back pain.
This type of back pain can be alleviated with using hot and cold packs
initially, followed with rest to allow any damage to repair some,
followed by doing stretching and strengthening exercises, like ms yoga, to help to alleviate
and prevent further stress and strain on the lower back.
Doing yoga and other stretching exercises, using an infrared
heating pad or taking a hot shower can help to ease back pain
for those with ms back pain. Often ms back pain is a result
of lack of daily physical exercise or moving around where the back does
not remain stationary for any longer periods of time. Daily
stretching exercises, walking or just moving around more helps to keep
the back from stiffening up or becoming painful.
* MS joint pain - this can be
more like arthritis pain that bothers you off and on or it can be more
of a nerve pain that either throbs or is constant or comes and goes off
and on. This can include any of the joints, including either
one or both of the shoulders, wrists, finger joints, hips, ankles or
toe joints. If this type of pain is more constant, this can
make range of motion, picking things up, eating or using your hands,
wrists or shoulders in some other way to be painful or walking up steps
and walking in general can become more difficult and more painful.
Taking Evening Oil Primrose can help tremendously and adding ground
flaxseeds to salads, yogurt or mixed with water or juice as a drink can
help to ease the joint stiffness and pain. Taking
Glucosamine/Chondroitin as a supplement can also help, but care should
be taken when taking this supplement if you are allergic to shellfish,
since one of the main ingredients is the use of shellfish.
* Wrist MS nerve
Pain is an
intense pain in the wrists that is typically a point source pain that
is located in the area of the nerve endings, where the wrist joins the
hand, just above the thumb in either hand. This type of pain can be
located anywhere around either wrist and can come and go or be
constant, but it is typically an intense pain that comes and goes,
based on putting pressure on any part of either wrist. This type of
pain does not seem to go away totally and if you bump the points of the
wrist that are more sensitive, it tends to send shooting pain along one
or more of the nerves that travel up the arm to the shoulder, while
causing an intense nerve pain at the most sensitive point on the nerve.
I, myself, have not experienced intense nerve pain
for an extended period of time, but after seeing how terrible
it was for those people that I have met with severe MS nerve pain
I made it a point to find out what I could to find out more about the
different types of MS pain,
along with finding ways to reduce MS pain.
I have spoken with quite a few people that have experienced some form
of intense MS nerve pain. It appears that the more intense
nerve pain is a result of MS scarring
that can often result in MS nerve
damage putting pressure on the nerves and overstimulating the
nerves of the pain center of the brain.
The people that I spoke with, that experienced some form of
intense MS nerve pain, more often than not --
-- just were not able to find anything that totally worked for bringing
them relief from their intense MS
nerve pain. Because I was so touched with how much these
people were suffering, I decided to do what I could to locate
something that may bring some relief to those suffering with intense MS
When people think of
alternative ways to reduce MS nerve pain, they often think of MS acupuncture as the only
solution for nerve pain. Acupuncture does help to relieve all
nerve pain. It depends to some degree, on which type
of MS nerve pain is
present. Acupuncture may or may not help to relieve some of
the different types of MS-related nerve pain.
The success rate of using
acupuncture for finding relief to ms nerve pain depends on several
One of the
factors depends on whether the nerve pain is localized (as in
the pain is more isolated in one part of the body) or whether it is a
pain that travels around to different parts of the body sort of
randomly. It also depends on whether the nerve pain is
constant or comes and goes off and on.
Another factor is if the nerve
pain is caused by scarring putting pressure on the nerves or if it is
more of a "phantom pain" type of pain, where it is uncertain as to the
source of the pain. Finding relief to nerve pain also depends
on the intensity of the nerve pain. Often the more intense
the nerve pain, the more sessions and time that it may take
for relief to be more noticeable.
We ourselves, as the
sf patient, can't be certain as to what specifically is
causing the ms nerve pain, but an experienced acupuncturist has a much
better knowledge and training that can help him or her to assess the
nerve pain that you are experiencing, because of MS and as to how well
the sessions of acupuncture can help each case of ms to find relief to
what pain you are experiencing.
Other ways that may help to
relive ms pain include using other alternative and natural
methods to help reduce inflammation, relieve stress to the overall
body, start to aid our bodies in starting to repair nerve damage to the
brain, the spinal cord and to other parts of the body.
Alternative ways to reduce ms stress and for ms pain relief
can include the use of:
* Scio Biofeedback - this medical device has been help to
relieve many types of nerve pain including different types of ms nerve
* Frequency generators - there are several different types of this
medical device on the market, but it may not be that you need to
purchase the device, since there are becoming more doctors and other
medical specialists that are using these type of devices to help to
alleviate pain for people with more different types of nerve pain,
including many of the different forms of ms pain.
Natural ways that may help with reducing nerve pain can include:
* Diet changes that help to detoxify the body from possible neurotoxins
can include eating more raw vegetables and fruits -- including
more beets on a regular basis (at least a few times per week), eating,
grinding or juicing much more kale in large quantities, eating more raw
garlic, adding ground flaxseeds to salads, yogurt or cottage cheese.
* Add more Omega 3 oils to the diet
-- including flaxseed oil, ground flaxseeds (raw), adding fish oils,
nut oils, more nuts and seeds (like walnuts, pumpkin seeds, hazel nuts,
* Add more Extra virgin olive oil, evening oil primrose, vitamin E and fish oils to the diet
Diet changes can include several things that can help reduce MS pain over a
period of time. These aren't quick fixes, unfortunately, but they
do help if done consistently over a period of time.
products are available on the market that help the body to detoxify
from heavy metals and other more toxic substances that may contribute
to aggravating or at least increasing MS nerve pain.
MS research is done in the future, part of the hope is that more is
understood, as to what may be possible causes of MS nerve pain, as well
as potential sources of ways to help the body to recover from whatever
may be causing the MS nerve pain.
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