Neuropathic Pain (Nerve Pain)

Neuropathic Pain, otherwise known as nerve pain, is pain that arises when nerve fibres are injured or damaged, and as a result send incorrect signals to pain centres.

Nerve pain is often severe and unrelenting. It does not start or resolve abruptly – rather, it is a persistent condition. It can be classified as central (arising from the brain or spinal cord) or peripheral (arising from nerves located outside the central nervous system).

Possible causes of chronic nerve pain include

  • Spinal disc, back, leg or hip problems
  • Chemotherapy
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Sciatica
  • Radicular pain
  • Brachalgia
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Post-Herpetic Neuralgia
  • Shingles
  • Chronic Post-Surgical Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Phantom Limb Pain
  • Diabetes
  • Failed Back Surgery

Potential symptoms

  • Burning or shooting pain
  • Electric shocks
  • Cold, tingling, numb pain or pins-and-needles
  • Allodynia: pain from a sensation which is not normally painful (eg, breeze/clothes rubbing)
  • Hyperalgesia: heightened pain from a sensation which is normally only mildly painful
  • Hypersensitivity: overly sensitive skin or body membranes
  • Referred pain: occurs in a different area to the damaged nerve

Recommended treatments

  • Medications, especially anti-neuropathics
  • Psychological and physical therapy
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation

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