"Neuro-" refers to the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. Neuropathic pain is pain that comes from damage or problems in your nerves, spinal cord, or brain.
Neuropathic pain is usually caused by nerve damage from an injury or a medical problem
Symptoms can include burning or tingling sensations, feeling extra sensitive to touch or cold, or deep aching pain
Neuropathic pain is hard to treat, but antidepressants and anticonvulsants (drugs for seizures) often help
Causes of neuropathic pain include:
Doctors often have to cut nerves during surgery, particularly major surgery like a mastectomy or amputation. Sometimes this leads to chronic neuropathic pain. If you had an amputation, it may feel like the amputated limb is still there and is very painful. This is called phantom limb pain.
Symptoms of neuropathic pain include:
Neuropathic pain is often present when nothing painful is happening to you.
Neuropathic pain can make it hard to work and do other normal daily activities, which can make you anxious or depressed. Anxiety and depression can also make neuropathic pain feel worse. Not doing normal activity also makes your muscles weak, so you become even less active.