Chronic Pain May Result From Autoimmune Neuropathy

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Chronic pain can be one of the most frustrating conditions for health professionals and patients alike, as there has been no established cause or cure for the condition. Doctors can’t find the problem, and patients get told it is all in their head, but the problem doesn’t go away.

However, some doctors and scientists are beginning to find insight to the condition from a condition known as autoimmune neuropathy. Dr. Anne Louise Oaklander explains, “this is a particular type of widespread nerve damage that is different from the diabetic neuropathy” which some chronic pain patients are diagnosed with.

The condition has previously been found in adults, but Dr. Oaklander has been expanding the study of the condition and has found it can also occur in younger patients.

“Since no one knew what the cause of their pain and other symptoms were, there were no effective treatments,” Dr. Oaklander said.

Now, through the use of skin biopsies, as well as heart and blood pressure tests, doctors are beginning to be able to identify the problem more accurately and in younger patients under 21.

WFTV reports other symptoms of autoimmune neuropathy include numbness, tingling, and decreased reflexes. If you are suffering from chronic pain, consider being checked for this condition.

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