Back and chest pain periodicallymost people pester. Someone thinks that he has osteochondrosis, and someone even grabs at heart medications, mistakenly believing that the heart is aching. However, most often the cause of such, sometimes very intense, painful sensations, is none other than intercostal neuralgia. Almost everything was heard about such a disease, but only a few know what it is. It is about what is the intercostal neuralgia, how it manifests itself and what should be the treatment, and will be discussed below. After all, only knowing the enemy in person, you can expect to win over him. In fact, with intercostal neuralgia, there is a pathological irritation or compression of nerves located between the ribs. In this case, a person experiences the strongest painful sensations that bring a person a huge number of very painful minutes. Doctors refer intercostal neuralgia to a group of the most unpleasant diseases. And it is very important to seek medical help in time for a doctor, because, as mentioned above, very often because of the pain in the chest, people are confused with intercostal neuralgia with heart attacks. And as a result, he begins to treat not at all what is really needed. And the loss of time can lead to quite serious complications.
Symptoms of intercostal neuralgia
This disease can make itself felta number of specific symptoms that can be observed as a complex, or selectively. Everything depends on the individual characteristics of the organism of each individual person. And it depends on the same, how brightly these symptoms will be expressed. Physicians attribute such symptoms to:
- Pathological unusual sensations from the skin.
A person can periodically or, what is foundmuch less often, constantly feel a burning sensation, numbness or tingling of various parts of the skin. By the way, what exactly the skin area will be affected depends only on which of the nerves is affected by intercostal neuralgia.
- Stress of the muscles of the back.
In a person suffering from intercostal neuralgia,often there is a strong strain of the muscles of the back. And most often this tension persists throughout the whole exacerbation of the disease. And just can not relax a person.
- Increased sweating.
Increased sweating is also characteristica sign that the sick person was confronted with intercostal neuralgia. Most often, excessive sweating is observed in the area of the feet, hands and axillae. However, this symptom of intercostal neuralgia can only be considered in conjunction with the rest of the symptoms.
- Painful sensations.
Virtually an inalienable companion of intercostalNeuralgia are painful sensations. The intensity of pain can be very different - from mild to very intense. But in any case, for the pain sensations caused by an attack of neuralgia, the following characteristic is characteristic: when coughing, sneezing or physical exertion, the pain is amplified several times. These are the main symptoms characteristic of intercostal neuralgia. However, there are secondary symptoms of the disease, which are taken into account in the diagnosis, but can not be considered independent symptoms of intercostal neuralgia. Such symptoms include:
- Increase in blood pressure.
- Weakness in the body and trembling in the hands.
The first thing a doctor needs to do isTo exclude such diseases which can cause similar painful sensations. For example, intercostal neuralgia can be confused with pain in the heart. However, in this case, drugs to relieve pain in the heart do not alleviate the condition of the sick person. And if the pain with intercostal neuralgia is localized in the lumbar region, it is often confused with the pain that arises from various kidney diseases. And similar "fraudulent" pains can arise in absolutely any organ, as nerves are dragged to all systems of an organism. It is never possible to predict in advance exactly how the intercostal neuralgia manifests itself in this or that person. Therefore, in the event that a person has painful sensations of incomprehensible origin, it is much more reasonable not to try to guess what exactly hurts, but immediately call an ambulance brigade. After all, in any case - acute pain always indicates serious health problems. And joking with your health is not worth it.
Causes of development of intercostal neuralgia
Of course, almost all people who are confronted with this disease are interested in the question of what causes lead to the development of intercostal neuralgia. Such reasons are not so little:
- Age changes. Doctors note a clearly traced trend - elderly people have intercostal neuralgia more often than young people.
- Diabetes mellitus and beriberi.
- Diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.
- Diseases of the spine and ribs, including various types of tumors.
In addition to these factors, the development of intercostalNeuralgia often leads to a common cold or their overexertion. In addition, general fatigue, hypothermia, or stress also greatly increase the risk of developing intercostal neuralgia. And, perhaps, one more factor that very often causes intercostal neuralgia is a neglected form of osteochondrosis.
Treatment of intercostal neuralgia
Intercostal neuralgia can not be ignored. And intense pain sensations are unlikely to allow this. The essence of neuralgia treatment is as follows:
- Removal of pain and other manifestations of intercostal neuralgia.
- Elimination of pinching and (or) inflammation of the affected nerve.
- Elimination of the root cause of the disease, which, in fact, leads to the development of intercostal neuralgia.
That is why the treatment of intercostal neuralgiashould be complex - only in this case it will be truly effective. As a rule, with the first symptoms of the disease, a very good effect results from the use of B vitamins, massage and physiotherapy. In the event that the intercostal neuralgia is in the acute stage, the patient is shown a strict bed rest. Pay attention - the sleeper should be firm enough and absolutely equal. If the pain is unbearable, the doctor will make a novocaine blockade - for this the nerve is cured with novocaine, which loses its sensitivity. After this, the patient is prescribed such physiotherapeutic procedures as UHF, sollyx, electrophoresis. The course of treatment is selected strictly individually, taking into account the specific features of the disease in each particular person who has fallen ill. If all the recommendations and prescriptions of the treating physician are observed, treating neuralgia is usually quite effective. We advise you to read: