Neuropathic pain

This toolkit aims to support health care professions in supporting and managing those suffering with neuropathic pain. It is estimated that about 7 in every 100 people in the UK have persistent (chronic) neuropathic pain. Conditions include trigeminal neuralgia, pain following shingles (postherpetic neuralgia), diabetic neuropathy, phantom limb pain, multiple sclerosis, pain following chemotherapy/cancer survivor pain, HIV infection, alcoholism, cancer, atypical facial pain and a number of other more uncommon nerve disorders. It is much more common in older people. Where guidelines have included both assessment and management, the guideline link will be posted in both sections.

Assessment / Diagnosis: 
The following links will provide up to date and evidence based guidance in assessing those living with neuropathic pain. It provides a review of a number of neuropathic pain assessments.
Management / Guidelines: 
The following links provide up to date, evidence based guidance and guidelines on managing neuropathic pain. Links presented in this section also provide guidance on what information and advice may be given to reduce the impact of the condition.
Self Management: 

This section provides links to useful information to support self management in people who live with neuropathic pain.

Further Information: 
This section provides website that are helpful in looking at innovative ways of managing patients with this condition and with chronic pain in general.