Intercostal neuralgia may considerably complicate the condition of pregnancy, as occurs with severe pain. Sometimes intercostal neuralgia can be confused with angina, as branches of the intercostal nerves depart to the internal organs, including the heart.
Intercostal neuralgia - is pain along the intercostal nerves, which can be squeezed, irritated or inflamed. Causes of intercostal neuralgia is very different. Pregnant women often intercostal neuralgia
Intercostal neuralgia - learn to distinguish between pain
It occurs in the second half of pregnancy while squeezing the chest growing uterus. At the same intercostal space deformed and extending along the nerves are infringed. Intercostal nerves are infringed or exit the spine in osteochondrosis - for pregnant women such infringement is also not uncommon.
Another common cause of intercostal neuralgia is shingles
Ringworm - not only infectious disease
(herpes). The causative agent of this disease remains in the body after a childhood chickenpox. He hides in the nerve ganglia, and if a woman has a good immune system, never will have an effect. But the condition of pregnancy characterized by the fact that under the influence of hormones in a woman reduced immunity. It was then that the causative agent of shingles and makes itself felt. Shingles can appear as early as the beginning of pregnancy and constantly recur.
Finally, the cause of intercostal neuralgia may be banal hypothermia - this kind of disease is easiest to treat. Makes itself felt, and poor circulation in the area of the intercostal nerves - it will support the course of the disease, caused by any reasons.
A sign of intercostal neuralgia often have strong paroxysmal pain along the intercostal spaces. Most of these pains are connected with the twists and turns of the chest and any other careless movement. Sometimes the pain are ongoing and are aggravated by movement.
Often during pregnancy intercostal neuralgia is accompanied by a "heart" pain. The woman clearly felt that her heart aches, but it is not pinching intercostal nerve gives sensory branches to the heart, so the pain is perceived as the heart. Likewise may give pain to the stomach. To distinguish the pain of true pain in the internal organs is simple: they are always associated with the movements.
When herpes zoster along the intercostal nerves in the skin there is redness, swelling and itching, painful rash with blisters. This form of intercostal neuralgia tolerated by pregnant women is very difficult.
Current intercostal neuralgia during pregnancy is often recurrent and stops only after birth. Fully examine a woman during pregnancy is not possible. But the neurologist she should be assessed. Treatment neurologist appointed by agreement with the obstetrician or prenatal therapist.
The first woman appointed to bed, while she must lie on a hard surface - so intercostal spaces are less injured. The chest should be kept warm, and the place of intense pain can be applied as a dry heat warmed piece of flannel (you can constantly change and iron hot iron). You can also cook a hard boiled egg, clean it and roll along the painful place until cool
The problem is that during pregnancy, most anesthetic drugs can not be taken. For example, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may have teratogenic effects on the fetus, that is, to cause abnormalities of development. Therefore, the possibility has to do with dry heat, bed rest, wearing prenatal bandage and some folk remedies.
If the pain is very severe, the doctor may prescribe novocaine blockade along the intercostal nerves. But this treatment is given to pregnant women with caution, as Novocain can produce side effects that have a negative impact on the body of a pregnant woman.
When intercostal neuralgia on the background of shingles can be applied acyclovir cream
Acyclovir - as it is safe?
Zovirax - time-proven antiviral drug
, It is applied a thin layer to the affected skin four or five times a day for four to ten days.
Intercostal neuralgia during pregnancy should be treated only under medical supervision.