All About Neuropathy And Chronic Back Pain
Chronic pain that results from damage to or pathological changes of the peripheral or central nervous system is called neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathic pain has also been referred to as painful neuropathy, nerve pain, sensory peripheral neuropathy, or peripheral neuritis. Patients with neuropathy often describe it as unlike any pain that they have felt before.
It is important to note that with neuropathy the chronic pain is not a symptom of injury, but rather the pain is itself the disease process. Neuropathy is not associated with the healing process. Rather than communicating that there is an injury somewhere, the nerves themselves malfunction and become the cause of pain.
Characteristics of Neuropathy
Back pain or other pain that is caused by neuropathy is typically described as:
- Severe, sharp, electric shock-like, shooting, lightning-like, or lancinating
- Deep, burning or cold
- Persistent numbness, tingling, or weakness
- Traveling along the nerve path into the arms, hands, or legs or feet