NEUROPATHIC PAIN

WHAT IS NEUROPATHIC PAIN?
Neuropathic pain is caused when a nerve that leads to or from the spinal cord is damaged. These nerves send a signal to the brain when they are injured. This condition is commonly referred to as Peripheral Neuropathy.

COMMON CAUSES OF PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY

SURGERY:
To the disc or joints in the neck or back area
To repair a hernia or injuries to the arms/legs

INJURY:
To the back can cause nerve pain in the legs
Shoulder/neck can cause nerve pain in the arms/hands
Sciatica – This is often caused after injury to the lower back but can also occur after a surgery

SYMPTOMS OF PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY
Numbness or Tingling
Shooting or burning pain
Muscle cramps and twitches
Decreased ability to feel hot or cold sensations
 
 
PAIN SEVERITY
Doctors say that pain has different levels of severity:

ACUTE – If pain episode is less than 3 month
RECURRENT – If pain symptoms come back (one or more episodes of recurrent pain)
CHRONIC – If your pain persists a majority of the time and longer than 3 months