Neuropathic pain is any form of pain or discomfort caused by damage, lesions, or disease of one or more nerves. It can be difficult to diagnose and therefore difficult to treat. It’s estimated that roughly seven in 100 people in the UK suffer from chronic neuropathic pain, but it’s hard to say for sure how many people it affects.
The symptoms of neuropathic pain are varied and largely depend on both the individual and which nerve is causing the pain. However, there are some general symptoms that could be an early indicator of neuropathic pain:
Other forms of pain to look out for that could be forms of neuropathic pain are:
There are a variety of different potential causes for neuropathic pain. Depending on the cause, the symptoms might present themselves in different ways. The main causes of neuropathic pain include:
Over-the-counter painkillers rarely have any effect on neuropathic pain. Instead, treatment will often need to include input from a range of medical professionals. For example, someone suffering with neuropathic pain may seek out a combination of physiotherapy and psychological therapies to manage their symptoms.
It’s also likely that modifications will need to be made to both work and home environments to help maintain a good quality of life. , are important aspects of patient care.
When it comes to prescription medications, the first line of defence is most often antidepressants, such as amitriptyline and duloxetine, or antiepileptics, such as gabapentin and pregabalin. Other treatments sometimes also include certain medicated creams and gels, such as capsaicin or lidocaine, and nerve blocks. Exactly which route is chosen depends on the individual and the advice from their doctor.
Medical cannabis has been known to help with chronic pain in various forms, but even more specifically, an Italian study from 2014 showed marked results for patients suffering from neuropathic pain. Medical cannabis often helps patients manage pain symptoms, regaining a sense of comfort and allowing them to pursue everyday activities that they might otherwise be prevented from due to the severity of their symptoms.
When traditional treatment methods let patients down, medical cannabis can be a welcome alternative. At The Medical Cannabis Clinics, our expert specialists can find a treatment plan and prescription that works for you, designed to meet your symptom specifically.
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