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What is Neuropathic Pain?

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Updated July 16, 2014

Definition: Neuropathic pain is the term for pain caused by nerve irritation, damage or destruction. It is one of the six classes of chronic pain.

Often described as sharp, stinging or burning, neuropathic pain is common in diseases such as diabetes that attack sensory nerves. Nerve pain is also present in conditions such as amputation or spinal cord injury, in which nerves are damaged or severed. Swelling associated with conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) and sciatica can also irritate nerves, causing neuropathic pain.

Other common causes of neuropathic pain.

Nerve pain can be treated with medications that change the way the brain interprets pain, such as antidepressants and anticonvulsants. If swelling is an issue, NSAIDs may also be effective.

Pronunciation: ner-oh-path-ick pain
Also Known As: nerve pain, neuropathy, neuralgia
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