Neuropathic pain varies among individuals, but can include numbness, tingling, weakness, burning, and sharp pain.
Chronic pain is a wide-sweeping term, often describing pain that lasts more than three to six months or pain beyond the point of tissue healing. Some forms of chronic pain can be linked to an identifiable cause, like degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, or spondylolisthesis. Other forms of pain have no known or understood cause, such as fibromyalgia or neuropathic pain (nerve pain). Fighting chronic pain is a lifelong struggle for many.
It is critical for a doctor and a patient to have an understanding of the difference between acute pain and chronic pain.