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Neuropathic pain or nerve pain is a less common, chronic pain that is usually caused by a progressive nerve disease, but which can also occur as the result of injury or infection.
Neuropathic pain (also known as neuralgia, or nerve pain) is pain that manifests due damage or injury to the nerves that usually transfer information from the brain to other parts of the body. When neuropathic pain is referred to as chronic pain, this means pain that isn’t typically triggered by an event and can flare up at any time, without an obvious cause.
Pain that comes from damage or injury to the nerves is described by sufferers as feeling like a burning sensation and affected areas may be sensitive to the touch, even from clothes. It can be both an excruciating pain, described as pins and needles, or a feeling of numbness and loss of sensation. The pain may be either be constant or occur intermittently.
Occasionally there is no identifiable cause for the onset of neuropathic pain, which can be distressing and frustrating for the person in pain. More commonly, however, there are four identifiable causes.
With so many underlying causes of this type of pain, it’s important – where possible – to first identify the source of the pain. From here, there are several treatments available.