Neuropathic pain is caused by several conditions including trigeminal neuralgia and diabetic neuropathy. Management should be individualised to each patient, finding a drug and dose that gives each person the best relief from their pain.
- Of patients with chronic pain, 10% have a neuropathic component.
- Careful assessment of affected patients is pivotal to a correct diagnosis.
- Management of patients with neuropathic pain is always holistic.
- Medications only reduce pain severity and only in half of patients treated for neuropathic pain.
- Patients with neuropathic pain should be referred to a physician in pain medicine if uncertainty pertains to observed outcomes.
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