What is neuropathic pain? Do you suffer from nerve pain?

Welcome to the latest in our series of blogs exploring different aspects of pain and pain management.    We hope that this series of blogs will give you the opportunity to share with other readers some of your experiences with pain in the hope that, by sharing your story, you may be able to help others manage their pain.

It is estimated that around 5% of the population suffer from neuropathic pain.  So what is neuropathic pain?

Simply put neuropathic pain (or neuralgia) can be described as nerve pain.  This occurs when there are problems with the signals sent by the nerves.  The pain itself is different from pain caused by say burns or other injuries.  It has been described as burning or aching sensation.  Sometimes it can be pain which shoots through the body.   “Pins and needles” is also a common description of neuropathic pain.

Neuropathic pain can be cause by a number of medical conditions.  These include multiple sclerosis, cancer, HIV, diabetes and phantom limb pain after an amputation.

One of the issues for people with neuropathic pain is that painkillers are not as effective as a treatment as they are for other kinds of pain.  Treatments can include epilepsy medications and antidepressants.

One of the purposes of this blog, as we have said, is to give people who suffer from neuropathic pain the opportunity to share their stories.  Please feel free to use the comment box below to share any information you think will be of interest to other readers.  However you may find the following questions of use in framing your comments.

  • What is your underlying medical condition which causes your neuropathic pain?
  • How would you describe your neuropathic pain?
  • What treatments have you used for neuropathic pain and how effective were those treatments?
  • Is there any advice you would give to somebody suffering from neuropathic pain?


You may find our recent blog on pain management of interest.  To read it please click on the link here (http://patienttalk.org/?p=225)

Thanks for your contributions in advance!