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Neuropathic Pain

Types of Neuropathic Pain

Neuropathic pain is a type of pain that involves the nerves. However, as simple as that definition might be, it just scratches the surface of what this type of pain really is and how it feels. It is all part of neuropathy, or a dysfunction of the peripheral nerves in the body. Many different types of neuropathic pain exist, and it is important to understand the basics of what each type is to get a better understanding of the overall picture of neuropathic pain.


One of the biggest causes of neuropathic pain today is diabetes, and this is a type of metabolic dysfunction. Some types of nutritional deficiencies can also lead to nerve pain. This includes not getting enough vitamin B1. Many who abuse alcohol are lacking this vitamin, and alcoholism will sometimes result in harsh neuropathic pain.


Patients who have to undergo chemotherapy treatment as part of a prescribed cancer care plan often end up feeling extraordinary amounts of pain due to chemical exposure. Exposure to other chemicals, such as lead or even arsenic may be responsible for nerve damage and pain in some patients.


Severe trauma can lead to neuropathic pain as well. One of the most common examples is the phantom limb, in people who have had to undergo amputation of an arm or leg. This type of neuropathic pain occurs when the nerves continue to send and receive signals even though the limb no longer exists. People suffering from complex regional pain syndrome as a result of trauma or injury may deal with this type of pain too.


Sometimes, as a result of injury or trauma, the nerves are compressed or trapped, and this can place undue pressure on them. Naturally, this can cause pain and numbness. One common type of compressive injury that affects the nerves and can cause neuropathic pain is carpal tunnel syndrome. This is common for those who do repetitive tasks with their hands, such as typing.


Some hereditary diseases can actually cause peripheral neuropathic pain. Neurological experts who treat nerve pain are always interested in having a complete medical history, as well as family medical history to see if there can be some type of congenital connection to the pain.

Many Are Suffering from Neuropathic Pain Today

Hundreds of different conditions and diseases out there can cause neuropathic pain and damage to the way your nerves function. It is important to catch these issues as early as possible, as they degrade the nerves and cells, and that means in some cases it is simply not possible to reverse the damage.

By catching the issues as early as possible, patients may be able to mitigate further nerve injury from occurring.

Those who are suffering from any type of nerve damage or neuropathic pain should not try to medicate themselves and they should never simply ignore the problem and push through the pain. It is important to set up an appointment with a qualified neurologist as soon as possible so the problem can be dealt with immediately. Catching it as early as possible and getting the right treatments helps to achieve the best chance of a pain-free life later on.

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