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Does Your Pain Feel Like This?

Does your pain
feel like this?

You know what ordinary pain feels like – the sharp pain of a cut, the throbbing pain of a headache, or the dull, aching pain of a bruise.

But the pain you feel is different than ordinary pain. It feels like a painful burning sensation, or painful cold, or a tingling sensation like electric shocks or crawling ants, or uncomfortable numbness. You may have been feeling this pain for months. Now you feel anxious and frustrated because you’ve tried many different pain medications and none of them has given you relief.1,2

If you have diabetes mellitus or other ailments (e.g., post-herpetic neuralgia, traumatic nerve injury, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), multiple sclerosis), what you are experiencing might be nerve pain. Nerve pain (or neuropathic pain) is a type of chronic pain is caused by a lesion of the nervous system.3,4

Medications are available that can help manage your nerve pain.3

References:

  1. Cruccu G, Truini A. Tools for assessing neuropathic pain. PLoS Medicine. 2009;6(4):e1000045.
  2. Painful diabetic neuropathy. Available at: http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/diabetes/foot/Pain1.html. Accessed 25 January, 2016.
  3. Ansari Z. Evidence-based pharmacological management of chronic neuropathic pain. Int J Basic Clin Pharmacol. 2013;2(3):229-236.
  4. Gilron I et al. Neuropathic pain: a practical guide for the clinician. CMAJ. 2006;175(3):265-75.
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