Link between neuropathic pain and arthritis strengthens

ABOUT a quarter of women with arthritis may experience neuropathic pain, an Australian study suggests.

This is substantially higher than the prevalence in the general population of 3–8%, say the researchers.

A community sample of 150 women with arthritis in their 60s and 70s were screened for the study, and 26% of them reported neuropathic-like pain.

Those with neuropathic-like pain were more likely to have poorer health, worse pain, more fatigue and more depression than women with nociceptive pain.

Neuropathic pain was also associated with higher scores