Fast Five Quiz: Neuropathic, Nociceptive, and Mixed Pain

Shaheen E. Lakhan, MD, PhD, MS, MEd


September 10, 2019

While pain is subjective and can be difficult for patients to describe, especially if they have not experienced that type of pain before, there are general and distinct characteristics that are associated with nociceptive and neuropathic pain.

Neuropathic pain has been described by patients using such terms as "stabbing," "tingling," and "pins and needles" (paresthesias), while nociceptive pain has been described in more broad terms. These characterizations include thermal cues (hot, cold), mechanical qualities (tearing, crushing), or a chemical nature (chili powder in the eye or iodine in a fresh wound).

Learn more about the character and quality of neuropathic pain.


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