Nerve pain can be unnerving. It is usually appears in the form of burning or sharp pain, causing a lot of discomfort.
Nerve pain is one symptom of neuropathy, which is a condition where there is a disconnect between the nervous system and the brain, such that there is no transmission of information due to the nerves being damaged or diseased.
Other than nerve pain, there are other symptoms that accompany neuropathy that include itching, tingling, skin sensitivity, body weakness, and numbness.
It is therefore clear that someone suffering from nerve pain is going through a lot and may need help from friends.
Here is how you can be of help.
A friend is someone who is always there, in happy times and sad times. If your friend has nerve pain, then you should make a point to be available to them.
You can just be there to listen as they vent about the pain. Ask the friend how he/she is feeling. This will give them an opportunity to talk about the pain and how they are feeling generally. It will show that you care.
Don’t push it if your friend doesn’t want to talk about some issues concerning the pain since it could be too sensitive. He may also not know how to describe the pain.
Know what to say. Avoid utterances such as “you can do it”, “you did it yesterday”, “try harder” or “you look ok”. The person may be going through a lot of pain and your words may make them feel worse and demoralize them.
Also, you don’t have to talk. It could be that what your friend wants is the company.
You could also accompany your friend if they are exercising such as in taking walks if they are up to it, you could go with them to the doctor or to other places when they need company. If suffering from foot drop you could provide movement assistance.
Your friend could have depression due to nerve pain. Try and note any depression symptoms such as being too emotional or emotionless, so that they can get help in due time.
Refrain From Giving Treatment Advice
It comes naturally to want to give advice. However, remember you are not the doctor and you may not have enough knowledge about nerve pain. Most probably, your friend has already consulted with various doctors concerning their treatment and what they now need is a friend.
Try and avoid giving treatment advice as you may sound inconsiderate and stick to being just a friend.
However, you may ask about the treatments they are using. You will be surprised to learn that they know about various treatment methods and may have tried some such as the use of supplements. They may know sites such as NervePainGuide.org which provides information on the best supplements for neuropathy.
Ask How You Can Be Of Help
It could be your friend has difficulty walking or holding items because of the nerve pain and may not know if you are willing to help. By asking how you can help, you will make your friend know you are available, will feel cared for and know that you are aware of the daily challenges they are facing.
Understand Their Limitations
What your friend can do today may not do it tomorrow. Nerve pain can change all of a sudden and your friend may be required to cancel your commitments all of a sudden or not fall through on a promise.
Include them in your plans even if they cancel at the last minute. It will show that you care and you understand their limitations.