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IASP: Global year against Neuropathic Pain

The 2014–2015 Glob­al Year Against Neu­ro­path­ic Pain has launched! Spon­sored by the Inter­na­tion­al Asso­ci­a­tion for the Study of Pain (IASP), The Glob­al Year Against Pain is a year­long ini­tia­tive designed to raise inter­na­tion­al aware­ness of pain. Each year, the cam­paign focus­es on a dif­fer­ent aspect of pain that has glob­al implications.

Neu­ro­path­ic pain is defined by IASP as pain aris­ing as a direct con­se­quence of a lesion or dis­ease affect­ing the somatosen­so­ry sys­tem. It devel­ops as a result of dam­age to, or dys­func­tion of, the ner­vous sys­tem. The pain may be con­stant or inter­mit­tent, and it is typ­i­cal­ly described as shoot­ing, stab­bing, burn­ing, tin­gling, numb, prick­ling, or itching.

IASP offers a series of fact sheets for clin­i­cians and health care pro­fes­sion­als that cov­er spe­cif­ic top­ics relat­ed to neu­ro­path­ic pain. These fact sheets have been trans­lat­ed into mul­ti­ple lan­guages and avail­able for free down­load on the IASP web­site. Also avail­able is a page of resources includ­ing links and free posters pro­mot­ing the Glob­al Year and infor­ma­tion about sup­port­ing events and ini­tia­tives. For these links and more infor­ma­tion, vis­it: www.iasp‐

Pain Concern’s Chair, Heather Wal­lace, who trav­elled to Buenos Aires for IASP’s 15th World Con­gress on Pain this year, states, ‘It was a priv­i­lege to meet such diverse and fas­ci­nat­ing clin­i­cians from around the world. I am real­ly glad IASP have cho­sen to raise aware­ness of Neu­ro­path­ic Pain this year. It will bring much need­ed atten­tion to a con­di­tion which caus­es a lot suf­fer­ing and disability’.

Look out for Pain Concern’s leaflet on neu­ro­path­ic pain to be released soon!