How to tell the difference between nerve, joint or muscle pain?

Publication date: 30.03.2023.

The nerve pain is stabbing, tingling and sharp, while the pain in the muscles is dull and persistent, often accompanied by spasms and is felt while the body is in motion, and joint pain is more often felt while the body is at rest. Joint pain is recognized as a burning, throbbing or " grating" sensation. In addition, the joints feel stiff in the morning, but they loosen up and feel better with movement and activity during the day.

How to relieve muscle pain?

Muscle pain is most often associated with tension, overuse or muscle injury due to exercise or heavy physical work. The pain usually involves specific muscles and begins during or just after activity.

Pain in the muscles is reduced with analgesics and creams or gels for external application with a cooling effect. Pain reliever creams and gels are used to relax muscles, reduce swelling and relieve pain. When an injury or inflammation, such as tendonitis or bursitis occurs, tissues are damaged. Cold numbs the affected area, which can reduce pain and tenderness. Cold can also reduce swelling and inflammation.

How to relieve joint pain?

There are two types of joint pain and swelling: acute and chronic. Acute joint pain and swelling comes on quickly and lasts for a short time, for example, if you have an injury. Chronic joint pain and swelling develop slowly and cause long-term problems. It is more likely to be caused by an underlying condition such as arthritis.

Swollen joints occur when there is fluid in the tissues around the joints. This can be very uncomfortable and can make it difficult to move the affected joints.

To facilitate mobility in painful joints and reduce pain, creams and gels with a warming effect are used. Heat opens blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can assist the healing process and relieve pain. The results from several scientific studies suggest that creams and gels containing glucosamine may be an effective treatment for osteoarthritis, particularly OA of the knee or hip.

How to relieve vein-related pain?

Most cases of vein-related discomfort and pain in the legs are due to chronic venous insufficiency. Chronic venous insufficiency occurs when leg veins don't allow blood to flow back up to heart.

Varicose veins are swollen and enlarged veins that usually occur in the legs and feet. They can be blue or dark purple, and are often lumpy, bulging or twisted. Other symptoms include pain, heaviness and discomfort in the legs.

Among the natural plant extracts used in creams and gels to reduce vein-related pain in legs, horse chestnut extract has proven to be the most effective. One of its active components is aescin, which can reduce inflammation and increase vein tone. It also reduces the release of enzymes that typically increase with chronic vein diseases. Other compounds in horse chestnut generally improve blood vessel tone. Horse chestnut seed extract is especially recommended for chronic venous insufficiency.

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