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Tips to Avoid Nerve Pain Triggers

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The term, “getting on my nerves” refers to someone or something that’s really bugging you. Well, nerve pain can certainly bug you, and in fact can interrupt your daily activities and keep you from doing the things you love. Luckily, there are ways to manage nerve pain -- from massage to exercise to a nice warm bath – but there’s one way you can avoid it all together, and that’s staying clear of the things that may trigger it in the first place.

The causes of nerve pain are many, so nerve pain triggers will be different for everyone. Knowing what’s behind your symptoms, however, will help you to identify things you should avoid. Some common nerve pain triggers include:Nerve Pain Triggers

Diabetes and other underlying diseases. If you have a condition associated with nerve damage, managing the underlying problem will in turn help diminish accompanying symptoms.

Alcohol. Excessive drinking can lead to vitamin deficiencies because of poor food choices. Avoid alcohol to avoid nerve pain.

Toxins. Substances that contain heavy metals or chemicals can trigger nerve pain. Steer clear of exposure to these!

Certain medications. Always check with your doctor to ensure your medications are nerve-friendly! In some cases, like with chemotherapy, this can’t be helped, but it doesn’t hurt to look into all your options.

Infections. While you can’t always prevent infections, you can take steps to improve your chances of getting one. Practicing good hygiene is a great start!

Pressure. Wearing tight shoes, crossing your legs, repeating the same motion – these behaviors can all put pressure on nerves. Be sure footwear fits properly and take breaks from activities and positions.

Vitamin Deficiencies. Eat a well-balanced diet and take a daily vitamin supplement to ensure your body – and your nerves! – are getting all the nutrients needed to be healthy.

If you keep these nerve pain triggers in mind, you could very well eliminate it from your life, and never let it “get on your nerves” again! Find out more by requesting our free educational materials on nerve pain, or by calling our Austin, TX office at (512) 328-8900.  

Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
Founder and Managing Partner of Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists
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