If the sensory system becomes impacted by injury or disease, the nerves in that system can’t function in the transmitting of sensation to the brain. This can lead to a sensation of numbness, or lack of sensation. In some cases when the sensory system is injured, individuals can experience pain in the affected region. Neuropathic pain does not start quickly or ends quickly. It’s a chronic condition that leads to symptoms of persistent pain. For many, the intensity of the symptoms can come and go throughout a day. Neuropathic pain is thought to be associated with peripheral nerve problems, i.e. neuropathy caused by diabetes, spinal stenosis, injury to the brain or spinal cord can also lead to chronic neuropathic pain.
Lesions or diseases of the somatosensory nervous system can lead to altered and disordered transmission of sensory signals into the spinal cord and the brain; common conditions associated with neuropathic pain include:
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