Nerve pain and muscle pain may seem similar. But when examined more closely, their differences demonstrate how one type of pain does truly compare to the other.
How nerve pain happens
Think of nerves as the electrical lines that make up the central nervous system. They connect your brain to your body, helping both connect and communicate. Just like wires that can short circuit, nerves can become damaged or injured and stop working the way they should. A broken nerve begins sending wrong signals to the brain. For example, it might tell your brain that your foot is burning even when you aren’t doing anything that could be causing the sensation.
What nerve pain feels like
Ironically, nerve pain isn’t often described as “painful.” Other more specific descriptors are used, including:
How to recognize the difference between nerve and muscle pain
Some people may think they have a pulled muscle when in fact the pain stems from nerve damage. Consider the following differences:
Many options exist for treating nerve pain such as exercise, relax techniques, setting manageable goals and utilizing nerve pain medication and treatment options. Schedule an appointment with a physician to discuss your medical history and diagnosis and learn what options may work best for you.