Neuropathic pain is a chronic condition caused by damage, dysfunction or injury within the actual nerve fibers, which results in the delivery of incorrect signals to pain centers within the body. This may occur as a result of several different factors, including surgery, chemotherapy or amputation, or conditions such as diabetes, HIV, multiple sclerosis and others.
Patients with neuropathic pain may experience shooting pain, numbness, tingling and weakness in certain areas of the body, which may lead to ulcers, pain and loss of sensation.
Treatment for neuropathic pain may include anti-inflammatory medications, electrical stimulation or implantable devices. More effective management of underlying conditions, such as diabetes, can also help relieve pain. This condition tends to get worse over time rather than better, so finding a successful treatment method is important.