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Minimally Invasive Pain Institute

Pain and Debilitating Conditions

Acute and Chronic Neuropathic Pain

As many as four million people in the United States are known to be affected by neuropathic pain. Neuropathic pain occurs from damage or dysfunction to the peripheral nervous system or central nervous system. When the nerve fibers in tissues are damaged, dysfunctional, or injured, they send incorrect signals to other pain centers, resulting in a change in nerve function at and around the affected site. Depending on the condition, neuropathic pain can be acute and episodic or chronic and continuous, getting worse over time. Find out about the different types of common neuropathic pain conditions by reading on.

Types of Neuropathic Pain Symptoms Common Causes
Monoradiculopathies Pain, numbness, or weakness radiating from the spine to the extremities or torso. Injury, cancer, some infections, diseases that lead to degeneration of the vertebrae and/or intervertebral discs, slipped or herniated discs, scoliosis.
Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) Intense burning, pressing, crushing, or shooting pain in the eyes, lips, nose, scalp, forehead, and jaw. Aneurysm, tumor, arachnoid cyst, or by traumatic event or injury to the facial region.
Postherpetic Neuralgia (PHN) Acute pain which can become chronic Herpes zoster rash (shingles).
Postsurgical Pain Mild to severe burning, aching, sharp pain where surgery was performed. Any body area after surgery.
Complex Regional Pain Syndromes (CRPS) Continuous, intense pain worsening with time to intense burning pain, skin sensitivity, sweating, and swelling in the affected area. Caused by autonomic dysfunction in your central nervous system.
Peripheral Neuropathies Mild tingling to severe pain typically found in the hands and feet. Diabetes, HIV, chemotherapy, predisposition due to heredity.

Neuropathic pain often responds poorly to standard pain treatments, causing patients to lose hope. But in such cases, implantable device therapies or electrical stimulation of the nerves may be applied for symptomatic relief. Don’t live in discomfort or excruciating pain; instead initiate a consultation if you experience pain in your back, legs, arms, hands, or feet. Neuropathic pain is treatable and, due to its prevalence, much research is being done in the field of neurology to help patients get better control over their pain problems or conditions and their lives.