‘Covid-19 causes neuropathic pain’


Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neurology Lecturer Prof. Dr. Can Ebru Kurtshared information on neuropathic pain caused by a problem in the nervous system and the effects of Covid-19 on this ailment, in a statement he made at the 58th National Neurology Congress held in Antalya by the Turkish Neurological Society.

Emphasizing that neuropathic pain is very different from headache or muscle pain, Kurt said, “Neuropathic pain occurs due to the involvement of sensory nerves. Unlike normal pain, it manifests itself in the form of burning, stinging, tingling, electrification. Classic painkillers do not help these pains” said.

Explaining that neuropathic pain can be experienced in addition to muscle pain while having Covid-19, but this rate is around 5 percent, Kurt said that they see neuropathic pain more often in those whose complaints continue for a long time despite having survived Covid-19.

“AFFECTS MANY NERVE…”

prof. Dr. Kurt continued:

The main problem with neuropathic pain occurs in patients who we call Long Covid, whose complaints are prolonged despite having the disease. Neuropathic pain can be seen in 25 percent of people with Long Covid Syndrome. Quite a frequent rate. This can be caused by different reasons such as having a heavy illness, being in the intensive care unit, as well as nerve damage caused by infection. As it is known, Covid-19 also causes loss of smell and taste. It can affect many nerves, including the nerves that transmit the sense of smell and taste, and cause pain.

Kurt emphasized that among the neuropathic pains caused by Covid-19, they may also encounter “trigeminal neuralgia”, which causes very severe pains such as sudden electric shock on the face.

“DRUG TREATMENTS ARE MORE DIFFERENT”

prof. Dr. Kurt emphasized that patients with neuropathic pain feel that even a normal touch feels like pain, “Neuropotic pain is usually observed in the tips of the hands and feet. Classical painkillers are useless in patients with these complaints. Drug treatments are very different. For this reason, they should be evaluated in specialized neurology units and examined in more detail. In treatment, some drugs used in epilepsy patients or in the treatment of depression can relieve these pains.‘ he said.

Noting that this type of pain can go away on its own over time, but it seriously affects people’s quality of life, Kurt stated that patients face problems such as depression and decrease in work success.

“WEIGHT GAIN PREPARES THE GROUND FOR NEUROPATIC PAIN”

Referring to the risk factors of neuropathic pain, Prof. Dr. Kurt provided the following information:

Those with obesity, diabetes, hypertension, ischemic heart disease and depression are more prone to neuropathic pain. Weight gain paves the way for neuropathic pain. Exercise is very important in reducing risk factors. We strongly recommend that our patients who develop neuropathic pain also exercise, because the serotonin hormone released during exercise prevents depression and pain, and has a therapeutic feature.

Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neurology Lecturer Prof. Dr. Stating that they carried out a study 2 years ago with the participation of Ersin Tan and experts to address the incidence of neuropotic pain in Turkey, Kurt stated that in this study, patients who applied to neurology clinics in different regions such as the Black Sea, Marmara, Central Anatolia and the Mediterranean were examined.

prof. Dr. Kurt said:

The prevalence of neuropathic pain is between 2.5 and 4% in the world. We saw that the rates in Turkey were similar, but in our study, the patients said ‘There is neuropathic pain.’ We made the diagnosis with very precise criteria to be able to say. We used scales and conducted surveys. That’s why there is such a ratio.

Turkish society generally has a low pain threshold and feels pain more. Social, social and cultural factors may also have an effect on this. As a society, we exercise less than the US, European society, which is also a factor. Our general observations are in this direction, we experience pain more intensely with its emotional content compared to Western societies..”


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