What is nerve pain?

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.

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.

Localised nerve pain

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.

Localised nerve pain usually has the following features:

  • The affected area is usually no bigger than the size of an A4 piece of paper
  • The pain is described as ‘shooting’, ‘stabbing’, or ‘burning’ pain
  • The location of the pain is often easy to describe by simply pointing to and/or drawing a line around the affected area

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.

Post-herpetic neuralgia

Post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN) is an ongoing nerve pain that may last for many months or years in some people who have had shingles. It commonly appears as localised nerve pain.

People with PHN often describe their symptoms as an intense burning or stabbing pain that may feel as if it’s shooting or radiating along the path of the nerve in the skin.The affected area may be sensitive to touch, heat or cold.


Nervoderm provides relief of nerve pain symptoms associated with medically diagnosed post-herpetic neuralgia.


*Associated with medically diagnosed post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN).

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