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Neuropathic (Nerve) Pain Syndrome

Neuropathic (Nerve) Pain Syndrome - What it is

What is neuropathic pain (nerve pain)?

Neuropathic pain is a chronic pain condition resulting from injury or malfunction of the nerves or spinal cord. Consequently, nerve fibres send incorrect pain signals to the brain.

Neuropathic (Nerve) Pain Syndrome - Symptoms

What are the symptoms of neuropathic pain?

Neuropathic pain is often described as burning, sharp, stabbing, shooting or like an "electric shock". Other symptoms include tingling and numbness. Light touch over the painful area may also cause pain. This is called allodynia.

What should I do if I have symptoms of neuropathic pain?

You should see a doctor to confirm the diagnosis. Your doctor will conduct an interview and physical examination. He may ask you specific questions regarding your pain, including onset, nature and triggering factors.

Neuropathic (Nerve) Pain Syndrome - How to prevent?

Neuropathic (Nerve) Pain Syndrome - Causes and Risk Factors

Neuropathic (Nerve) Pain Syndrome - Diagnosis

Neuropathic (Nerve) Pain Syndrome - Treatments

How is neuropathic pain treated?

Neuropathic pain is difficult to treat and may not be fully reversible. However, partial to marked improvement is often possible with proper treatment. Neuropathic pain does not respond completely to traditional painkillers such as paracetamol, anti-inflammatory agents, codeine and morphine. On the other hand, anticonvulsant and antidepressant medication have been demonstrated to be effective in treating this form of pain. In cases where pain is still not controlled with medication, a pain specialist may use nerve blocks or other invasive treatment to manage your pain.

Neuropathic (Nerve) Pain Syndrome - Preparing for surgery

Neuropathic (Nerve) Pain Syndrome - Post-surgery care

Neuropathic (Nerve) Pain Syndrome - Other Information