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neuropathic vs. neuroplastic

Discussion in 'General Discussion Subforum' started by mbo, Oct 18, 2022.

  1. mbo

    mbo Well known member

    Since all kind of pain is, according to the neuroscience, rooted and generated by the brain and the nervous system, it is not unreasonable, in a wide sense, to consider any pain as NEUROLOGICAL.
    So, the key is to accurately differentiate between the two forms of (neurological) pain: neuropathic or neuroplastic.
    The neuropathic pain is related to illness, injury, pathology or tissue damage and requires a medical treatment
    the neuroplastic pain (aka TMS, MBS, PPD, ...) is related to congnitive and/or emotional issues and demands a psychological approach (instead of pills, physiotherapy, steroid injections, surgery,...BEWARE!)

    Does it make sense?
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  2. JanAtheCPA

    JanAtheCPA Beloved Grand Eagle

    Short answer: Yep!

    Longer answer, and I'm sure you already know this, @mbo, so it's really for the benefit of our newer members: is that neuropathic pain can become neuroplastic pain after (sometimes long after) the healing of the injury or illness has been achieved, for purely psychological/emotional reasons.
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  3. mbo

    mbo Well known member

    Well said !
    I append and guess:
    acute pain is mainly (but not only) neuropathic
    chronic/persistent/repetitive pain is mainly (but not only) neuroplastic.
  4. mbo

    mbo Well known member

    AND.... sometimes (frequently?) neuroplastic pain begins from scratch, without a previous acute/neuropathic pain

    and in certain cases neuropathic pain overlaps with neuroplastic pain: that's the "perfect storm", the extreme confusion.

    I guess, of course.
  5. JanAtheCPA

    JanAtheCPA Beloved Grand Eagle

    And... the more you try to define it and find discrete categories, the harder it gets.

    We are, after all, talking about the human brain.
  6. TG957

    TG957 Beloved Grand Eagle

    Great observation! In my opinion, those who have had a precipitating injury have a much harder time accepting TMS diagnosis, and it is often hard to convince them that our bodies have self-repairing capabilities and chronic pain is in most cases neuroplastic.

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