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Nerve pain diagnosis

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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 testing the strength of your muscles, checking your reflexes, 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

Last reviewed: June 2018

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