Neuropathic Pain: Symptoms & Signs

Neuropathic pain is not a disease itself, rather it is a term used to describe pain originating from the sensory nerves. It tends to develop slowly over time and persist.

Signs and symptoms of neuropathic pain can vary in severity even within one affected individual. Symptoms can include a

  • stabbing, burning, shooting pain;
  • tingling;
  • numbness; or a
  • pins and needles feeling.

The pain is sometimes described as sharp, dull, hot, cold, sensitive, deep, stinging, or itchy.

Cause of neuropathic pain

A number of conditions that affect or damage the nerves can cause neuropathic pain. Examples of conditions that can cause neuropathic pain include diabetes, cancer, HIV infection, multiple sclerosis, cancer treatments, vitamin deficiencies, stroke, alcohol abuse, and shingles.

Other neuropathic pain symptoms and signs

  • Numbness
  • Pins and Needles Sensation
  • Stabbing, Burning, or Shooting Pain
  • Tingling

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Shingles is a painful rash caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. See Answer

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Medically Reviewed on 4/22/2020
References
Jameson, J. Larry, et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 20th Ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2018.
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