Neuropathic Pain

When injury or disease affects the sensory system, the nerves within that system can't function to transmit sensation to the brain. This often results in a feeling of numbness, or a lack of sensation. In some cases, though, when this system is injured, individuals in the affected region experience pain. Neuropathic pain does not begin abruptly or quickly resolve; it is a chronic condition that leads to symptoms of persistent pain.

What is Neuropathic Pain?

Neuropathic pain is often described as shooting, burning pain. On its own it can go away but is often chronic. It's relentless and severe sometimes and it comes and goes sometimes. It is often the result of damage to the nerve or a malfunctioning nervous system. The impact of nerve damage is a change in nerve function at both the injury site and surrounding areas.

If you have chronic neuropathic pain it can flare up at any time without an obvious event or factor that causes pain. Acute neuropathic pain may also occur, though uncommon.

Non-neuropathic pain (nociceptive pain) is typically a result of an injury or illness.

With neuropathic pain, an event or injury typically doesn't trigger the pain. Instead, the body simply sends out unprompted pain signals to your brain.

Causes of Neuropathic Pain

Neuropathic pain often doesn't seem to have a clear cause. However, some common causes of neuropathic pain include:

  • Alcoholism

  • Amputation

  • Chemotherapy

  • Diabetes

  • HIV infection or AIDS

  • Facial nerve problems

  • Multiple myeloma

  • Multiple sclerosis

  • Shingles

  • Spine surgery

  • Syphilis

Lifestyle Treatments

Physical, relaxing, and massage therapies are all used to relieve neuropathic pain symptoms. These treatment forms can help to ease the muscles.

Also, your healthcare provider can teach you how to cope with your pain.

A physical therapist or an occupational therapist can teach you sitting, stretching, standing and moving techniques to prevent pain.

To Sum It Up

Neuropathic pain can have a negative impact on your life unless you take steps to treat it and prevent the symptoms from worsening.This can lead to serious disability and complications over time, including depression, sleeping problems, anxiety and more.

Luckily, researchers are learning more about why this condition is developing, and what can be done to treat it effectively. That leads to improved treatment options.

It may take time to find the right treatment options for you but you and your doctor can work together to find relief from the symptoms of this painful condition.

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