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Has your nerve damage caused permanent pain?

Are you a California resident who was recently in a crash? It is common for accidents involving the brain or spine to result in nerve damage. Though not discussed as often as paralysis or traumatic brain injuries, nerve damage can be just as debilitating.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine takes a look at peripheral neuropathy. This is any condition that affects the peripheral nerves, which run to and from the brain. Peripheral neuropathy means these nerves no longer work. This could mean you experience areas of numbness. It could also mean you experience great pain.

Nerve pain can affect any part of the body. The pain may “move around” from one location to another. It may also stay in one spot. Pain can worsen over time, or it may remain at one level. These factors are often determined by the severity of the injury and its location. For example, some nerve damage can be the result of one single nerve. Other injuries are the result of an accident impacting large clusters of nerves at once.

Nerve pain can also vary in intensity. Some people with nerve damage experience “flare-ups”. In this scenario, you spend most of your time feeling okay. Every now and then, your pain may flare up without warning. This can be more than inconvenient and interrupt your daily life. Other people are in constant pain. The pain may be agonizing and difficult to work around. In either of these cases, your quality of life will likely suffer. This is why many seek medical attention and compensation for their injuries.