Treating Nerve Pain Caused by Cancer, HIV, and Other Conditions
The Costs of Untreated Nerve Pain
Nerve pain can make you feel terribly alone. After all, it's not an injury
that your family or friends can see. You might feel frustrated if they can't
understand what you're feeling.
But while you might feel alone, you're not. Experts believe that
somewhere between 2%-8% of the general population is living with nerve pain.
The impact of nerve pain is tremendous. In the U.S., the health care costs of
nerve pain are estimated at $40 billion per year; the suffering it causes is
Despite the significant price of nerve pain and the millions of people
living with it, experts think that it is still underdiagnosed and undertreated.
Studies show that even people who do seek out treatment often aren't getting
the right treatment. Too many rely on drugs that are unlikely to help,
such as over-the-counter pain relievers.
So if you have nerve pain -- whether it's caused by cancer, HIV, shingles,
or another condition -- you need to treat it seriously. Don't assume that it
will go away on its own. Don't assume that following the treatment for the
underlying disease will resolve it. Instead, talk to your doctor about treating
your nerve pain directly.