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The Ultimate Neuropathy Quiz
by Staff
Difficult to diagnose and tricky to treat, neuropathic pain is often as puzzling as it is painful. Take this quiz to see how much you know about what neuropathy is and how to treat it.

What's neuropathy?

  • any diseased condition of the nervous system
  • a type of brain cancer
  • a nine-sided die

Most commonly, neuropathy feels like what?

  • an overwhelming pressure localized in one area of your body
  • Your hand or foot has fallen asleep.
  • an icy-cold sensation that flushes over your entire body

Thirty percent of neuropathies are caused by ________________.

  • alcoholism
  • genetic syndromes
  • diabetes

In addition to diabetes, other causes of neuropathies include:

  • treatments for cancer and hereditary disorders
  • Vitamin B deficiencies and tumors
  • all of the above

In most cases, addressing the _____________________ will improve or relieve neuropathic pain.

  • ligands and receptors in the human body
  • underlying cause
  • stocking/glove presentation

In almost 30 percent of neuropathic pain cases, the underlying cause of the pain is ____________________.

  • unknown
  • alcoholism or drug abuse
  • HIV

_____________ are one of the first lines of defense in treating neuropathic pain.

  • spinal pumps
  • TENS therapies (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation)
  • antidepressants

Another first-line treatment for neuropathic pain involves the use of ___________________.

  • anticonvulsants
  • fluoxotine
  • cognitive-behavioral therapy

One class of antidepressants doctors often prescribe for neuropathic pain is what?

  • MAOIs (Monoamine oxidase inhibitors)
  • Tricyclics
  • MSIs (Monoamine serotonin inhibitors)

What's another class of antidepressants employed to treat neuropathic pain?

  • SSRIs
  • SNRIs
  • MAOIs

What type of anticonvulsants are often prescribed to treat neuropathic pain?

  • benzodiazepines
  • calcium channel alpha-2-delta ligands
  • barbiturates

In addition to oral medication, ______________________ can also be used to treat neuropathic pain.

  • sleep therapy
  • a vegan diet
  • topical creams and patches

One of the most common forms of topical pain relief prescribed for neuropathy pain is ______________________.

  • Lidocaine
  • Aspercreme
  • BenGay

Lidocaine works by blocking which channels?

  • voltage-gated calcium channels
  • voltage-gated sodium channels
  • voltage-gated potassium channels

Another topical treatment for neuropathy is ___________________.

  • tightly wrapped ACE bandages
  • Reiki
  • capsaicin

Capsaicin is derived from ____________.

  • chili peppers
  • aspirin
  • voltage-gated sodium channels

Medical marijuana can be used to treat neuropathic pain.

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___________________ are often considered a second-line treatment for neuropathic pain.

  • aromatherapies
  • creative visualization exercises
  • opiates

What kind of opiates are preferred when treating neuropathic pain?

  • short-acting opioids
  • long-acting opioids
  • medium-acting opioids

Alternative and non-western modalities do not work in the treatment of neuropathic pain.

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