A nerve can become damaged through injury or disease. When a nerve becomes damaged, the affected nerve can misfire and shoot pain signals to the brain. This is commonly known as nerve pain (also known as neuropathic pain or neuralgia).
Nerve pain is often an intense pain. It is commonly described as
shooting, stabbing, burning, electric shock-like, pins and needles,
tingling or numbness along the path of the nerve. The affected area often becomes sensitive
and unintended contact such as touch of clothing or wearing a seatbelt can be painful.
It is usually localised, meaning it usually affects a smaller area.
Even if the cause of the nerve pain has been resolved, nerves can sometimes continue to send painful messages to the brain. Nerve pain can be debilitating and may interfere with your ability to carry out daily activities. Nerve pain may even cause sleeping difficulties.
Nerve pain may affect a large part of the body, but can be confined to a smaller area on the body close to the skin’s surface. This is known as localised nerve pain.
The area where the pain is located is often sensitive to touch and sufferers may find even the slightest touch such as a brush of clothing or wearing a seatbelt to be painful.
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