What is nerve pain?
Nerve pain is caused by damage or injury to the nerves that send messages to the brain to signal pain. Nerve injury can result from medical conditions such as shingles, diabetes, stroke and HIV.
Nerve pain is different from the pain we feel when we cut or burn ourselves (called nociceptive pain). That type of pain is usually a sharp feeling or a dull ache that goes away when the tissue is healed.
Nerve pain is often described as shooting, stabbing or burning sensations. Skin can become numb to light touch or warm objects. Sometimes, things that are not usually painful can cause pain (eg, contact with bedsheets).
Nerve pain can affect your sleep, mood and daily activities. It is important that nerve pain is diagnosed accurately by your GP. After that, you can decide together on how best to manage your condition.