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Nerve pain symptoms

Nerve pain can be shooting, stabbing or burning pain. Sometimes it can be as sudden painful, and sharp as an electric shock. It is often worse at night. The pain might be constant, or it might come and go. It might be mild or it might be severe.

You might also find that:

  • your skin is more or less sensitive than usual to touch
  • you have tingling, numbness, pins and needles or itching
  • things hurt which shouldn’t normally hurt, such as a light touch to the skin.

People who have chronic pain often find that it interferes with important parts of life like sleep, sex, work, and exercise.

Some people with chronic pain become angry and frustrated, and may have anxiety and depression.

Last reviewed: November 2016

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