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Neuropathic Pain

Neuropathic pain, otherwise known as nerve pain, is a complex pain state usually associated with tissue damage.

What are the causes of neuropathic pain?

There are many causes of neuropathic pain; however some causes include:

  • Alcoholism
  • Amputation
  • Autoimmune deficiencies
  • Back, leg, and hip problems
  • Cancer
  • CRPS (or RSD)
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Facial nerve problems
  • HIV or AIDS
  • Hormonal deficiencies
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Shingles
  • Spine Surgery
  • Stroke

What are some things I can do to try and avoid neuropathic pain?

  • Take care of your feet, especially if you have diabetes
  • Exercise
  • Quite smoking
  • Eat healthy meals
  • Avoid prolonged pressure

What are the symptoms of neuropathic pain?

Symptoms vary, depending on which types of nerves are affected. Signs and symptoms may include:

  • numbness and tingling
  • Burning pain
  • Sharp, jabbing or electric-like pain
  • Extreme sensitivity to touch, even light touch
  • Lack of coordination
  • Muscle weakness or paralysis if motor nerves are affected
  • Bowel or bladder problems if autonomic nerves are affected

How do physicians diagnose neuropathic pain?

Physicians are usually able to diagnose neuropathic pain with a comprehensive medical history, physical evaluation, and a neurological exam.

How is neuropathic pain treated?

  • Pain relievers
  • Anti-seizure medications
  • Capsaicin cream
  • Lidocaine patch
  • Antidepressants

For additional information on neuropathic pain please call Southeast Pain and Spine Care to schedule an appointment with one of our pain management doctors.

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Southeast Pain and Spine Care was founded in 1997 because there was a need for patients to receive quality, nonsurgical pain relief. Southeast Pain and Spine Care’s clinical model optimizes revenue, provides ancillary revenue opportunities and allows patients to receive top of the line care by physician anaesthesiologists and neurologists. Want to learn more about how we can help your hospital earn additional revenue. Request a consultation with our administrative team.

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Charlotte, NC 28209


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