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Why Do I Have Neuropathic Pain?

Neuropathic pain is often described as a shooting or burning pain. Which it can go away on its own but is often chronic. Sometimes it is unrelenting and severe, and sometimes it comes and goes. It often is the result of nerve damage or a malfunctioning nervous system. The impact of nerve damage is a change in nerve function both at the site of the injury and areas arounbd it.

Example of neuropathic pain:

  • Phantom limb syndrome: This rare condition occurs when an arm or a leg has been removed because of illness or injury, but the brain still gets pain messages from the nerves that originally carried impulses from the missing limb. These nerves now misfire and can cause pain.

Neuropathy will be accompanied by signs such as:

  • shooting, burning, or stabbing pain
  • tingling and numbness, or a “pins and needles” feeling
  • spontaneous pain, or pain that occurs without a trigger
  • evoked pain, or pain that’s caused by events that are typically not painful, such as rubbing against something, being in cold temperatures, or brushing your hair
  • a chronic sensation of feeling unpleasant or abnormal
  • difficulty sleeping or resting
  • emotional problems as a result of chronic pain, loss of sleep, and difficulty expressing how you’re feeling
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