ABOUT SPINAL CORD
INJURY NERVE PAIN

Spinal cord injury nerve pain
is burning, throbbing,
and stabbing
pain that’s thought to be the result
of
damaged nerves in the body.

SPINAL CORD INJURY
NERVE PAIN IS DIFFERENT

What is spinal cord
injury nerve pain?

When you injure your spinal cord, nerves often get damaged. This can cause a specific type of pain—nerve pain from a spinal cord injury. This pain may appear months or even years after your injury. Spinal cord injury nerve pain is a chronic pain condition, and can fluctuate or get worse over time.

SYMPTOMS & WHERE
YOU MAY FEEL THEM

Where you may feel
symptoms

The site of your injury determines where you are most likely to feel nerve pain. It’s most common to feel this nerve pain at the site of your injury or anywhere below the injury. However, nerve pain from a spinal cord injury can occur in different areas of your body. Although less common, you may also feel this nerve pain above the site of your injury.

PAIN SYMPTOMS
OF
SPINAL CORD
INJURY NERVE PAIN

Burning

Stabbing

Throbbing

Sharp

Tingling

Numbness

Electric shock–like

DID YOU KNOW

While nerve damage
that
causes spinal cord
injury
nerve pain can
be
permanent, the
pain
is treatable

GETTING A DIAGNOSIS

DIAGNOSING SPINAL CORD
INJURY NERVE PAIN

If you’ve had a spinal cord injury, you know how much it can affect you. Besides the injury itself, the nerve pain you may feel can be extremely frustrating and painful. Make your pain a priority. If you think you might have nerve pain from a spinal cord injury, talk to your doctor at your next appointment, and be specific about the type of pain you are feeling. Understanding and getting a diagnosis is the best way of finding pain relief.

A few ways your doctor may
diagnose nerve pain from
your spinal cord injury:

Assess your symptoms
as part of a physical exam

Your doctor may perform an exam or some tests to determine the cause of your pain. This may include checking your blood pressure, heart rate, muscle strength, reflexes, and sensitivity to touch, temperature, and vibration.

Ask about the intensity
of your pain

He or she might ask you to describe your pain from mild to severe, or rate your pain on a scale of 1 to 10. Your doctor may even use a visual analog scale. This scale marks your level of pain on a line between “no pain” and “worst possible pain.”

PROPER TREATMENT

Work with your doctor to
treat
spinal cord injury
nerve pain

It’s important to know that neuropathic pain, or nerve pain, is different from other types of pain, such as pain in your muscles or joints. That’s why you should consider a specific treatment for this specific type of pain.

For someone with nerve pain from a spinal cord injury, a prescription medication may help relieve the burning, stabbing, throbbing, sharp, or electric shock–like pain. In the past, there wasn’t an FDA-approved prescription medicine to help relieve spinal cord injury nerve pain, but LYRICA (pregabalin) is FDA-approved for this pain.

HOW LYRICA MAY HELP

For some patients,
LYRICA helps to relieve
spinal cord injury
nerve pain