5 Common Types Of Neuropathic Pain And Their Symptoms
Neuropathic pain is a broad, catch-all term for a wide range of pain conditions caused by injury or changes to nerves. Common sensations include a range of pains from tingling to stabbing sensations. The area of the body that neuropathic pain impacts, its severity and other symptoms can vary greatly. Among the most common neuropathic pain conditions is peripheral neuropathy, which is when the condition is affecting nerves aside from the central nervous system (which is made up of the brain and the spinal cord).
Similarly, a broad range of treatment options exists, though most aim to manage pain rather than to “cure” neuropathic pain. As with most pain conditions, addressing the underlying cause is often the most effective treatment option, though in some cases, there is no clear cause for the pain. In these instances, they are pains known as idiopathic neuropathy. In this article, we explore both common types of neuropathic pain as well as some of the treatment options.
Types of Neuropathic Pain
Sciatica is a type of neuropathic pain typified by radiating pain that begins in the lower back or pelvic area and shoots down one or both legs. More than 3 million cases of sciatica are diagnosed in the United States every year, making it one of the predominant causes of neuropathic pain. The sciatic nerve is one of the largest in the body and sciatica can be caused by a number of things, such as spinal stenosis, a problem with spinal discs or an injury to the pelvic area.