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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is neuropathic pain?

Neuropathic pain is a type of pain caused by nerve damage or a problem with the nervous system. it's characterized by burning, tingling, sharp, or stabbing pain (even if touched gently) which can be continuous or intermittent (comes and goes) and worse at rest or night. Common causes of neuropathic pain include viral infections, cancer, vascular malformations, alcoholism, diabetes nerve pressure or nerve damage after surgery or trauma, neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis.

Symptoms of neuropathic pain

  • Tingling or prickling sensation of the skin

  • Tingling, numbing chest pain

  • Pain in the arms and/or legs

  • Moving the arm / shoulder worsens the pain

  • Shoulder pain

  • Red, painful rash with tiny blisters, like Shingles

Questions your doctor may ask to check for neuropathic pain

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose neuropathic pain

  • Do you feel tingling without your skin being touched?

  • Does your chest pain feel like a numbing pain?

  • Do you have pain in your arms and/or legs?

  • Does your pain worsen when you move arms or shoulders?

  • Do you have shoulder pain?

Treatment for neuropathic pain

Treatments for neuropathic pain include both medication to suppress pain which include anti-seizures and antidepressants and anti-inflammatory drugs . Supportive treatments include working with a counselor, relaxation therapy, and massage therapy. Treatment of the cause of neuropathic pain is required.

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