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    Neuropathic pain?

    I am a recent incomplete sci. Why is pain associated with sci's called neuropathic? I have never been told by my neurosurgeon that the pain that I experience is a different classification of pain then say a broken ankle. Could somone please explain the difference in the classification of pain?

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    Senior Member alan's Avatar
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    Neuropathic pain is pain caused by nerve damage.

    Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.

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    thanks for the clarification

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    Unhappy Neuro Pain

    Most of the time , we tend to describe severe Neuro Pain, as "Pins and Needles" tingling... Burning, Hot boiling oil, Numbness that is awful... If one gets the pain... usually after 6 months or around there... you'll know it. I went from a comfortable warm.. no pain / sensation... to full blown 24-7 awful ,mind altering pain. It came on after 6 months and has never left. Its very hard top live with. Thanks, Mike (Florida)
    Mike (Florida)

    Cant we get 1 do over?

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    Red face

    I experienced all of those types of pain about 6-8 months after my sci, yet when I told my neuro about it they still did not explain the difference between neuropathic and musculature pains. They did say that I would have pain everyday.......nice of them to give the bad news without explaining to me what I have been dealing with. I also had a very numb sensation along my incision site and then I had the pins and needles, burning etc. I guess it takes that long for the nerve endings to tell my brain OUCH that spot hurts! duh

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    Neuropathic pain is a very different beast than "normal" pain. The sensations are often practically impossible to adequately describe to anyone who hasn't experienced them firsthand and traditional pain meds are nearly useless. It's very challenging to treat neuro pain and often the best that can be done is to reduce the pain to a lower level. If you don't already have this, try hard to find a doctor who is experienced in dealing with neuropathic pain. This might be a neurologist, an anesthesiologist, or a physiatrist (rehab specialist), or perhaps some other speciality. I have quite a bit of information you might find useful posted at

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    Thanks so much for the link. It had alot of info that I haven't really heard about. Thanks again.

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    Senior Member queen's Avatar
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    I just got in on the tail end of a PBS Channel#20 Program on Pain Management...Seems in Atlanta, GA they are doing trials on folks
    using the venom from striped frogs, monkey frogs and it seems to be 100 times more potent than morphine for stopping pain and so far no side effects have been experienced by these indivduals .

    These frogs in the wild can cause death by paralysis in 3 minutes on a human. They have also found newt's to have this same venom.

    Sorry I can't provide more info, but hopefully more will be published
    about their findings and outcomes of the trials in the near future.

    Your life is what you make it, and only you have that choice!

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    Thanks for the info. My husband and I are looking into it (as he is an avid tree frog lover!) Hope that maybe they cam figure out something for the pain without all of the side effects and long term effects.

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