Neuropathic - Definition

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The adjective neuropathic describes something related to nerve damage. This term is often used to define nerve pain, referred to as neuropathic pain. This type of pain differs from nociceptive pain in that the latter is caused by perception of pain due to an external element, such as a burn or trauma. Neuropathic pain consists of an anomaly in the nerve producing a pain sensation even though no external stimulus is present. This type of pain manifests itself particularly in the form of a burning, electric shock or sometime paresthesia, pins and needles, or numbness sensations. Neuropathic pain can be caused by a large number of nerve-related damage and are frequently due to pressure such as that caused by disk herniation, or when a disease progresses to destroy the nerves, as is the case with diabetic neuropathy.