Neuropathic Pain

What is neuropathic pain?

Neuropathic pain is a complex pain state. With neuropathic pain, the nerve fibers themselves might be damaged, dysfunctional, or injured. These damaged nerve fibers send incorrect signals to other pain centers.7American Chronic Pain Association. Accessed 2020-02-14 at 4.41.19 PM

What causes neuropathic pain?

Neuropathic pain is caused by aberrant signal processing in the peripheral or central nervous system resulting from injury or impairment to the brain, spinal cord, or peripheral nerves.8National Pharmaceutical Council and Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Pain: Current Understanding of Assessment, Management, and Treatments . Reston, VA: National Pharmaceutical Council; 2001

Symptoms of neuropathic pain?

Examples of neuropathic pain symptoms include burning, tingling, or numb sensations with paroxysms of shock-like pain.9Smith CB. Holland-Frei Cancer Medicine. John Wiley & Sons, 2017, Ch 46, p523.

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