Types of Neuropathic Pain
Most of us have experienced at least one type of neuropathic pain. Some types can be debilitating. So, what are the different types of neuropathic pain?
One type is peripheral neuropathy. This means that the affected area is closer to the point of injury, rather than being at a distance from it. For example, arthritic pain may be aggravated by arthritic flare-ups.
Tendonitis may result in inflammation and may even be deep enough to find the tissue-filled tendons. Muscle aches or pains may result in impaired muscle function, making the affected person loses balance, coordination, and other useful functions.
Pain that radiates out from a joint may result in pain that is so localized that the affected joint or muscles cannot be clearly felt. The nerve fibers that transmit the pain can be very affected or almost completely absent. Neuropathic pain is not always severe, but the pain may radiate out to the arm or hand or finger and can be difficult to manage.
Nerve pain may also result from inflammation of the nerves and types of pain the underlying tissues. This pain can radiate into the legs, feet, arms, or back. Nerve damage may be responsible for causing pain, although other causes may also be involved.
Muscle pain may result from inflammation, bleeding, or muscle cramps. Muscle pain may also result from peripheral neuropathy resulting from trauma to the nerve, or muscle spasms. It may be pain that radiates from the injured joint or muscle. Muscle pain can radiate down through the leg and arm to the foot or arm.
Nerve damage can also be caused by disorders of the blood vessels in the body. These vascular disorders cause painful lumps, bumps, and holes on the skin.
Another type of neuropathic pain is nerve damage caused by an injury to the spinal cord. This can result from traumatic injuries to the spinal cord or an effect of an aortic aneurysm. It can also result from the degeneration of the nerve roots.
Finally, some types of neuropathic pain can result from abnormalities of the nerves themselves. Symptoms of this type include painful sensation in the spinal cord, difficulty with walking, and the inability to feel pain in the extremities.
The different types of neuropathic pain may be varied and treatable. For example, neuropathic back pain may be difficult to diagnose or may require invasive treatments. Other types of neuropathic pain may be treatable with non-invasive techniques.
The first step to managing neuropathic pain is to learn as much as you can about the different types of neuropathic pain. Find out how the different types affect you and what type of treatment might work best for you. Once you understand the causes of your pain, you'll know what to do to manage it.