Pain affects the quality of life of neuropathic patients

D. Cocito, I. Paolasso, C. Pazzaglia, A. Tavella, F. Poglio, P. Ciaramitaro, A. Scarmozzino, F. M. Cossa, B. Bergamasco, L. Padua

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The aim of this study was to verify the extent to which the presence of pain affects the quality of life (QoL) of neuropathic patients. The patients were selected in our Department of Peripheral Nervous System Diseases. We enrolled 120 consecutive patients with chronic polyneuropathy who had not received continuous pain therapy during the two months preceding study entry, and administered them the Total Neuropathy Score (TNS), the official Italian version of the SF-36 and the Italian Pain Questionnaire (QUID). Our main finding was that the QoL is affected not only by the presence of neuropathy, but also by the presence and intensity of pain: the physical aspect of the QoL correlated only weakly with the TNS, but pain was closely related to a worsening in this parameter; moreover, the mental domains of the SF-36 were only correlated with pain. Pain per se worsens the QoL of neuropathic patients, regardless of disease severity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-160
Number of pages6
JournalNeurological Sciences
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2006


  • Neuropathic pain
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Clinical Neurology


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