Neuropathic pain is a common condition that takes place when the nervous system is not working correctly due to damage or disease. The pain, caused by nerve damage to the nervous system — including the peripheral nerves (nerves spread to bodily organs, arms, legs, fingers, and toes), spinal cord, and brain — causes discomfort, numbness, and weakness in the affected areas, making daily tasks difficult and unenjoyable.
Though most neuropathies start in the hands and feet, other parts of the body can also be affected. Neuropathic pain is often described by patients as a burning or “pins-and-needles” sensation that makes affected areas sensitive to touch or cold temperatures. Sometimes the pain can be sharp and sudden (similar to an electric shock) or spontaneous (pain felt without any stimulation).