Neuropathic Pain (Patient Counselling Guide)
05 Jun 2020
Neuropathic pain is a result of an injury or malfunction in the nervous system. This condition is characterized by burning, stabbing, piercing, tingling, numb, aching or electric shock-like sensations which may constantly be present, or the pain may come and go and may last for several months or years following tissue injury. Neuropathic pain is usually worse at rest and at night. These symptoms are indicative of an increased nerve activity occurring in the damaged or healing nerves. Pain of this type no longer signals an ongoing or impending injury to the body tissues. Presence of such pain denotes malfunctioning of the system itself. The nerves themselves generate pain by sending incorrect signals to other pain centers. Diagnosis is based on a person's history of any possible nerve damage. The nerves may have been damaged by an injury (eg, surgery, accident, amputation) or a disease (eg, diabetes, herpes zoster, stroke, AIDS). Early identification of the origin and proper management of neuropathic pain is important to effectively treat the condition and reduce the risk for irreversible nerve damage and other serious complications.
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