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Nerve pain diagnosis

The main way your doctor will diagnose nerve pain is by listening to you and examining you.

In the examination, he or she will probably test your nerves by asking you to move your muscles, by putting hot and cold on your skin, and by seeing how sensitive it is to touch.

You may be asked to have tests like:

  • blood tests to check your general health and look for underlying conditions
  • nerve conduction studies which measure how quickly your nerves carry electrical signals
  • a CT scan or an MRI scan to look for anything that could be pressing on a nerve.

You may also have a nerve biopsy so that a small portion of nerve fibres can be examined for abnormalities.

Last reviewed: November 2016

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