Neuropathic Pain is a complex, chronic pain state that usually is accompanied by tissue injury. With neuropathic pain, the nerve fibers themselves become “painful” and may be damaged, dysfunctional, or injured. These damaged nerve fibers send incorrect signals to other pain centres. The impact of nerve fiber injury includes a change in nerve function both at the site of injury and areas around the injury.
Though classified as a disorder of the musculoskeletal system, the condition is now seen as a central nervous system problem. Symptoms include increased sensitivity to pain, achy and stiff joints, fatigue, and specific tender points on the back, chest, arms, and legs. Migraines, sleep disorders, and irritable bowel syndrome are also common complaints.
The use, overuse and misuse of opioids in pain management is very topical.
For many years opioids have been regarded as the “gold standard” in pain management. Initially they were reserved for cancer pain but very quickly they found a role in treating acute and chronic pain. The use of the long-acting products in particular have come under the microscope in the USA and in Europe because of the associated side effects including death from drug overdose.
Happy Christmas & best wishes for the new year. And what a year it has been for everyone at Pain Relief Ireland!
The most dynamic event was developing a partnership with the Mater Private Hospital to allow us provide more access and to allow Dr. Hegarty work full time to develop the newest techniques in the area of pain management.