Neuropathic pain is a painful sensation that occurs due to damaged or poorly working nerves. The pain may be long-lasting.
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This condition is caused by damaged nerve fibers that send pain signals to your brain. This happens even when there is no event to trigger the pain. For example, a person with neuropathic pain may have a feeling of pins and needles when putting on socks.
Nerve damage may be caused by:
- Physical damage
- The nerve not getting the vital nutrients needed to function
- The body’s immune system attacking the nerves
Sometimes the cause of the nerve pain is unknown.
Last reviewedJuly 2013by Rimas Lukas, MD; Michael Woods, MD
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