Neuropathic pain is caused by nerve damage or by a condition which makes the nervous system malfunction. It’s often described as a burning or shooting pain, and can also make a sufferer feel tingling or numb. The pain can come and go, but usually neuropathic pain is chronic and will continue to affect sufferers throughout their lives.
One example of neuropathic pain is Phantom Limb Syndrome. A patient with this condition will have lost a limb, yet can still feel pain in that limb as the brain continues to receive pain messages from the nerves travelling from where the limb used to be. Alcoholism, diabetes, MS and shingles are thought to be among the causes for other types of neuropathic pain.