Neuropathic Pain Scale (NPS)
What it measures:
This scale measures 10 specific qualities associated with neuropathic pain; 7 of the 10 pain qualities contain the words: intense, sharp, hot, dull, cold, and itchy to characterize the patient's pain, and the word "sensitive" describes the patient's pain reaction to light touch or clothing. One item describes the pain in regard to time (all the time or some of the time). The ninth item describes the overall unpleasantness of the pain, and the last item indicates the intensity of the deep and surface pain.
This summary contains information on use of this test in patients or clients with chronic neuropathic pain. Diagnoses include diabetes, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, epidural fibrosis, fibromyalgia, complex regional pain syndrome I and II, failed back surgery syndrome, and trigeminal neuralgia.
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