More than 100 types of peripheral neuropathy (nerve pain) have been identified.
Globally, the most common cause of neuropathic pain is leprosy.
Various studies suggest that 1.5% of those in the U.S., and 7.5% of those in Europe, suffer with neuropathic pain.
Approximately 65% of diabetes patients are reported to have nerve pain.
Nearly half of all women continue to experience post-mastectomy nerve pain after three years. In about 25% of cases, nerve pain remained for 9 years or longer.
Up to 70% of post-amputation patients suffer with neuropathic pain.
By 2018 there will be an estimated 6 million people in the U.S. with chronic nerve pain.
Nerve pain is notoriously difficult to treat. Many people find that currently available prescription medications have little if any effect on their nerve pain.