Pain Conditions: Acute and Chronic Neuropathic Pain

In the United States alone, there are as many as four million people affected by a neuropathic pain condition. If you are one of these people, the pain practice at Regional Pain Institute can help. Neuropathic pain typically results from damage or dysfunction to the peripheral nervous system or central nervous system. Your nervous system is comprised of nerve fibers in tissues and when they are damaged, dysfunctional, or injured, they send incorrect signals to other pain centers, often causing a change in nerve function at and around the affected site. Some patients experience neuropathic pain as acute and episodic, whereas others live for years with continuous chronic pain that progressively worsens over time. Read on to learn more about different types of common neuropathic pain conditions, as well as their associated symptoms and causes.

Types of Neuropathic Pain

Symptoms

Common Causes

Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN)

Intense burning, pressing, crushing, or shooting pain in the eyes, lips, nose, scalp, forehead, or jaw.

Aneurysm, tumor, arachnoid cyst, or by traumatic event or injury to the facial region.

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.

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.

Postsurgical Pain

Mild to severe burning, aching, or sharp pain where surgery was performed.

Any part of the body after surgery.

Postherpetic Neuralgia (PHN)

Acute pain which can become chronic.

Herpes zoster rash (shingles).

Peripheral Neuropathies

Mild tingling to severe pain typically found in the hands and feet.

Diabetes, HIV, chemotherapy, predisposition due to heredity.

Many patients with severe neuropathic pain problems lose hope in the chance of finding relief as these conditions often respond poorly to standard pain treatments. This is one of many reasons why patients turn to the Regional Pain Institute. Although standard treatments are offered at our pain practice, our list of services is expansive and includes advanced neck, arm, back, and leg pain treatments proven effective for both acute and chronic conditions. Implantable device therapies or electrical stimulation of the nerves may just be the key to providing you with symptomatic relief. At the Regional Pain Institute, neuropathic pain is treatable. Stop living in discomfort or excruciating nerve pain in your back, legs, arms, hands, or feet. Start enjoying life once again by Requesting a First Appointment today.