What is Neuropathic Pain?
Neuropathic pain covers a range of disorders affecting regions of the body including the brain and the spinal cord to the nerves in your toes.
Neuropathic pain is a type of pain that can result from injury to nerves, either in the peripheral or central nervous system. Neuropathic pain can occur in any part of the body and is frequently described as a hot, burning sensation, which can be devastating to the affected individual. It can result from diseases that affect nerves (such as diabetes) or from trauma, or, because chemotherapy drugs can affect nerves, it can be a consequence of cancer treatment.
Among the many neuropathic pain conditions are diabetic neuropathy (which results from nerve damage secondary to vascular problems that occur with diabetes); reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome, which can follow injury; phantom limb and post-amputation pain, which can result from the surgical removal of a limb; postherpetic neuralgia, which can occur after an outbreak of shingles; and central pain syndrome, which can result from trauma to the brain or spinal cord.
What can be done to treat Neuropathic Pain?
Non-Surgical Pain Procedures:
- Selective Nerve Root Block
- Peripheral Nerve Blocks
- Epidural Steroid Injections
- Spinal Cord Stimulation – At Newbridge we run SCS trials for patients who have not found success with other pain management procedures and treatments.
- TENS units
- Physical Therapy
Neuropathic pain is caused by damage or disease that affects the somatosensory system. Unlike pain caused by injury or inflammation Neuropathic pain, has no “benefit”.
According to Asra.com Neuropathic pain occurs due to abnormal functioning of the nervous system. In some cases pain sensors have been known to send pain signals to the brain even when there is no painful stimulus. Strokes and malfunction of the nervous system can cause these sensory signals to be missread as pain.
What does Neuropathic pain feel like?
Common qualities of neuropathic pain include burning, tingling or coldness, “pins and needles” sensations, numbness and itching.
Neuropathic pain may be associated with abnormal sensations called dysesthesia, and pain produced by normally non-painful stimuli (allodynia).
Neuropathic pain may have continuous and/or episodic (paroxysmal) components. The latter are likened to an electric shock.