What is Neuropathic Pain
Written by Bunmi. Monday, February 6th, 2012
Neuropathic pain is a chronic pain that is normally due to tissue and or nerve damage. The nerves quite possibly could also be dysfunctional or injured. This will generally occur from a number of causes.
• Trigeminal neuralgia.
• Postherpetic neuralgia (pain following shingles).
• Diabetic neuropathy – a nerve disorder that develops in some people with diabetes.
• Phantom limb pain following an amputation.
• Multiple sclerosis.
• Pain following chemotherapy.
• Atypical facial pain.
• Various other uncommon nerve disorders.
The damaged nerves then send the wrong signals to other pain centres. Generally people who suffer from this pain explain it as feeling like stabbing, pins and needles, electric shock like, throbbing and sharp, shooting pains to name just a few.
“The impact of nerve fibres injury includes a change in nerve function both at the site of injury and areas around the injury.” http://www.patient.co.uk/health/Neuropathic-Pain.htm
“One example of neuropathic pain is called phantom limb syndrome. This occurs when an arm or a leg has been removed because of illness or injury, but the brain still gets pain messages from the nerves that originally carried impulses from the missing limb. These nerves now misfire and cause pain.” www.patient.co.uk