How to describe pain of neuropathic origin?
Patients often have difficulty describing pain of neuropathic origin because it is an unfamiliar sensation. Words used include burning , electrical , and numbing . Innocuous stimuli may be perceived as painful (allodynia). Patients often complain of paroxysms of electrical sensations (lancinating or lightning pains). Examples of neuropathic pain include trigeminal neuralgia, postherpetic neuralgia, and painful peripheral neuropathy.