Neuropathic Pain

Neuropathic pain, otherwise known as nerve pain, is a complex pain state usually associated with tissue damage.

What are the causes of neuropathic pain?

There are many causes of neuropathic pain; however, some causes include:

  • Alcoholism
  • Amputation
  • Autoimmune deficiencies
  • Back, leg, and hip problems
  • Cancer
  • CRPS (or RSD)
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Facial nerve problems
  • HIV or AIDS
  • Hormonal deficiencies
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Shingles
  • Spine Surgery
  • Stroke

What are some things I can do to try and avoid neuropathic pain?

  • Take care of your feet, especially if you have diabetes
  • Exercise
  • Quit smoking
  • Eat healthy meals
  • Avoid prolonged pressure

What are the symptoms of neuropathic pain?

Symptoms vary, depending on which types of nerves are affected. Signs and symptoms may include:

  • numbness and tingling
  • Burning pain
  • Sharp, jabbing, or electric-like pain
  • Extreme sensitivity to touch, even light touch
  • Lack of coordination
  • Muscle weakness or paralysis if motor nerves are affected
  • Bowel or bladder problems if autonomic nerves are affected

How do physicians diagnose neuropathic pain?

Physicians are usually able to diagnose neuropathic pain with a comprehensive medical history, physical evaluation, and a neurological exam.

How is neuropathic pain treated?

  • Pain relievers
  • Anti-seizure medications
  • Capsaicin cream
  • Lidocaine patch
  • Antidepressants

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