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Nerve pain

Nerve pain (neuropathic pain) is caused by damage to a nerve. Tumors that invade or compress nerves may also cause referred pain - pain felt in a place away from the actual nerve damage.

Neuropathic pain may respond poorly to the usual pain relievers such as narcotics (opioids). Your doctor may prescribe adjuvant analgesics, medications which work to relieve pain in different ways from the usual pain medications.

These medications can relieve many kinds of pain, but are not commonly thought of as pain relievers. They include anticonvulsants (developed to prevent seizures), antidepressants (used to treat depression), local anesthetics (often used to treat disturbances in the rhythm of the heart), and corticosteroids.

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