WHAT IS NERVE PAIN?

Nerve pain (also known as neuralgia) is often described as shooting, burning, stabbing, tingling, numbness and/or pins & needles. Experienced by 1 in 20 Australians*, nerve pain is often caused by prior damage, injury or a result of certain medical conditions. Nerve pain is notoriously difficult to manage, and can cause significant disruption to daily life. This page is designed to provide resources to help you manage nerve pain.

*Henderson J, et al. 2016 Nov;4511:783-786.

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NERVALGESIC SPOTLIGHT
  • Relieve mild nerve pain & neuralgia
  • Reduce associated inflammation
  • Break the cycle of mild nerve pain
  • Analgesic & anti-inflammatory actions
  • Support healthy nervous system

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Palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) is a cutting-edge bioavailable lipid with researched benefits in mild nerve pain and inflammation. Your body naturally produces PEA, but evidence suggests that in people who have persistent inflammation, PEA metabolism is disturbed which decreases endogenous PEA levels, contributing to the inflammatory response. Supplementation of PEA can assist those with ongoing inflammation, though it’s important to look for forms that are water-soluble to harness the enhanced absorption properties. Speak to your Pharmacist for more information.

Nervalgesic is a unique combination of PEA (palmitoylethanolamide) with saffron and thiamine (vitamin B1). It is formulated with the researched dose of Levagen+, a water-soluble form of PEA which is easily absorbed by the body. Nervalgesic works to not only relieve mild nerve pain, but also reduce associated inflammation and therefore help break the cycle of pain. Nervalgesic offers tiered dosing, with one capsule twice daily providing you with the recommended dose of 600mg a day of PEA to relieve mild nerve pain or one capsule daily to support healthy nervous system function. Speak to your Pharmacist for more information.

Evidence suggests PEA supplementation can significantly reduce pain within 3 weeks*. Consult your Pharmacist to discuss your health needs.
*Source: Guida G, et al. DOLOR. 2010:25(1):35-42.

Nervalgesic is designed to relieve mild nerve pain and neuralgia. Nerve pain and neuralgia can occur at the onset of an injury, as a symptom of a health condition, or may be the primary presentation of a medical condition. Speak to your Pharmacist for more information on how Nervalgesic can help you manage your specific pain.

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What is Nervalgesic?

Nervalgesic is a scientifically formulated complementary medicine, that reduces mild nerve pain and inflammation and supports a healthy nervous system.

Can Nervalgesic be taken daily?

Nervalgesic is formulated for daily use. Take one capsule twice daily to relieve mild nerve pain and reduce associated inflammation, or one capsule daily to support healthy nerve function. Always read the label and follow the directions for use.

Is Nervalgesic vegan or vegetarian friendly?

Nervalgesic is both vegan and vegetarian friendly, and so can be taken by vegans and vegetarians.

Can Nervalgesic be taken during pregnancy?

Speak to your Pharmacist to understand if this product is right for you.

Can Nervalgesic be taken while breastfeeding?

Nervalgesic is appropriate for use during breastfeeding. No risks have been found in humans, although research is limited or unavailable. Speak to your Pharmacist to understand if this product is right for you.

Can Nervalgesic be taken alongside other pain medications?

Consult your Pharmacist to understand whether Nervalgesic can be taken alongside your other medications, as your healthcare professional may need to monitor your body’s response to combining pain management options.

Are there any other reasons Nervalgesic shouldn’t be used?

Nervalgesic contains saffron, and hence should be avoided by people who are allergic or sensitive to Saffron, Lolium, Olea (including olive), and Salsola species. Speak to your Pharmacist for further information on whether Nervalgesic is right for you.

What is the cycle of pain?

Pain physiology is complex, involving neuronal (nerve) and inflammatory processes, which trigger physical pain symptoms. Once activated, the nervous system can then amplify those sensations making pain seem worse, leading to a vicious cycle of pain.

Cycle of pain
What is nerve pain?

Nerve pain is often described as burning, shooting, tingling pain, numbness or pins and needles. The sensations of nerve or neuropathic pain can be painful and frustrating and often interfere with important parts of everyday life. The feeling of pain serves an important purpose. If you touch a hot stovetop, it is your nerves that convey the pain sensation to your brain alerting it to danger, which in turn makes you quickly move your hand away to avoid further harm. In people with nerve pain, this messaging system isn’t working properly, due to prior damage, an injury or a medical condition. The brain receives wayward signals where you feel real pain but there is no obvious pain-inducing event. Pain can flare up at any time unprompted. To make matters worse, prolonged nerve pain and associated inflammation can also make the nervous system more sensitive to pain, leading to a vicious cycle. You may then feel pain from something that isn’t normally painful such as a bed sheet brushing against the skin.

What is the difference between nerve pain and other types of pain?

Nerve pain (also known as neuralgia or neuropathic pain) affects your nervous system, as opposed to your muscles, bones or joints specifically. As nerve pain occurs due to a breakdown in the messaging system between pain receptors, it can occur anywhere in the body and can be either an isolated incident or a prolonged issue. Speak to your Pharmacist for more information about nerve pain and pain management options.

What additional information is available for pain management?

Pain is complex and can often feel near impossible to manage when you’re struggling with it daily. Thankfully, there is a host of free online resources for pain sufferers. We also suggest building a network of trusted healthcare professionals to help you manage your pain levels. Below is a list of healthcare providers to consider for supporting you with managing pain.

  • Pharmacist - your local trusted Pharmacist is a great free resource to help you in managing your pain symptoms and can offer additional information on the latest in pain management therapies
  • General Practitioner - offer support with adjunct therapies, medications and can also provide referrals to specialised healthcare professionals (ie. Pain specialists, physiotherapists, chiropractors and mental healthcare providers)
  • Pain Specialist (Clinician) – offer a wealth of knowledge on pain management options and have a great network of additional resources you can draw from
  • Physiotherapist - to help with muscular pains, rehabilitation after injury and other physical impacts of pain
  • Chiropractor - to help with musculoskeletal challenges and other physical impacts of pain
  • Mental Health Care Provider (therapist, counsellor, psychologist, etc) - to help with the associated mental health challenges faced by people suffering pain
What activities can I partake in when in pain?

Movement is important for managing many types of pain, but it can be difficult to engage in your regular exercises when struggling with pain. Below are some suggested lower-intensity forms of movement that may be more manageable when you’re in pain. Before starting a new exercise program, consult your healthcare professional to assess suitability for you and your health needs.

  • Swimming or other water-based activities. The buoyancy of water helps to alleviate your bones, joints and muscles from the weight of your body and hence allow you to move more freely
  • Walking or other slower forms of movement. While there is a movement to reach 10,000 steps per day, this may be unattainable when you’re in pain. Starting small by simply choosing to walk to the end of the driveway, or end of the block is better than sitting all day
  • Dancing is a great way to get your body moving and ca also be incredibly fun. Whether you put on your favourite music and dance a little in your living room or get out and about with some friends or family, dancing can be beneficial. The great thing about dancing is that it can be done at your pace of choice
Are there certain foods that can help with pain management?

Some foods and ingredients have analgesic and anti-inflammatory benefits. Below is a short list of foods that may be beneficial for pain.

  • Turmeric – this spice is often used in Indian cooking and has become popular in recent years in lattes. It contains curcumin, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory
  • Berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries & blackberries) – these contain antioxidants with have anti-inflammatory effects
  • Mushrooms (shiitake, truffles & portobello) – these also contain antioxidants which have anti-inflammatory benefits
  • Green Tea – this drink contains EGCG which provides antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
  • Oily fish (salmon, sardines, anchovies, mackerel & herring) – All fish contain omega-3, with fatty fish being a particularly good source of these anti-inflammatory oils

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