Neuropathic pain: caused by abnormal processing of painful stimuli. Dysfunction of CNS that allows for spontaneous excitation leading to severe pain. can be generated peripherally or centrally. Difficult to treat. Pain described as burning, tingling, or shock like.
can be associated w/ subjective numbness, loss of sensation , and weakness.
•does not respond well to NSAIDS or opiods analgesic alone, adjunctive analgesic may be efficacious in treating neuropathic pain.
- •adjunctive analgesic : med that is
- approved and used for other reasons than analgesics properties: ex) tricyclic antidepressant & anticonvulsant drugs.