Neuropathic Pain (cont.)

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What are the potential complications of neuropathic pain?

Patients with chronic nerve pain may suffer from sleep deprivation or mood disorders, including depression and anxiety. Because of the underlying neuropathy and lack of sensory feedback, patients are at risk of developing injury or infection or unknowingly causing an escalation of an existing injury.

Can neuropathic pain be prevented?

The best way to prevent neuropathic pain is to avoid development of neuropathy, if possible. This includes identifying and modifying risk factors for diabetes, avoiding exposure to environmental toxins when possible, and limiting use of alcohol or tobacco. Utilizing good ergonomic form at work or when practicing hobbies can decrease the risk of repetitive stress injury.

REFERENCES:

Marchettini, P., et al. "Painful peripheral neuropathy." Current Neuropharmacology 4.3 (2006): 175-181.

Mendell, J. and Z. Sahenk. "Clinical practice. Painful sensory neuropathy." The New England Journal of Medicine 348.13 (2003): 1243-1255.

O'Connor, A. and R. Dworkin. "Treatment of neuropathic pain: an overview of recent guidelines." The American Journal of Medicine 122.10 Suppl (2009): S22-S32.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/24/2013

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