Neuropathic pain resources from NPS MedicineWise
GPs may be interested in resources from NPS MedicineWise on the diagnosis and treatment of neuropathic pain. Careful clinical assessment and the use of first-line medicines are considered to be the cornerstones of diagnosis and pharmacological treatment.
The guidelines on neuropathic pain recommend a structured approach. This includes taking a patient history and clinical examination. Treatment is to be discussed and commenced only once ‘probable’ neuropathic pain has been diagnosed – confirmatory tests can be utilised to reach a ‘definite’ level of certainty if these tests will inform treatment. The treatment options are outlined by NPS MedicineWise – read more here.
A downloadable pdf outlines how to assist patients living with neuropathic pain. It recommends using a whole-person approach and states that medicines are only partially effective. Further recommendations include promoting pain resistance, adopting realistic expectations for pain management, and integrating coping strategies into a management plan. Access this resource here. Additional resources and information can be found here.