Neuropathic Pain

Neuropathic Pain

What is neuropathic pain?

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.


What are the symptoms of neuropathic pain?

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:

  • A burning sensation
  • Stabbing or shooting pain anywhere in the body
  • Unexplained aches
  • A tingling sensation
  • An electric shock
  • A sensation of pins and needles

Other forms of pain to look out for that could be forms of neuropathic pain are:

  • Allodynia: pain caused by a stimulus that would not typically cause pain, such as certain movements, sounds, or sights
  • Hyperalgesia: an exaggerated response to a stimulus that usually causes mild pain, such as extremely bright light, loud noises, and so on
  • Paraesthesia: painful or unpleasant sensations in the absence of a stimulus, such as pins and needles

What causes neuropathic pain?

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:

  • Systemic conditions, such as thyroid disease, renal disease, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, ad multiple sclerosis
  • Nutritional deficiencies, such as developing a vitamin B12 deficiency
  • Consuming certain toxins, such as alcohol excess or chemotherapy
  • Infections, such as shingles or HIV
  • Traumatic injuries or compressions, such as nerve compression or entrapment/injury
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Phantom limb syndrome
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Strokes

What treatment options are available for neuropathic pain?

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.


How can medical cannabis help with neuropathic pain?

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.

We offer treatment plans and private care for patients through online video link consultations with our expert specialist doctors, who will guide you through treatment options available from the clinic.

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