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Expert Rev Neurother. 2007 Sep;7(9):1165-74.

Pharmacological treatment of pain in multiple sclerosis.

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  • 1ASL 3 Hospitals, Department of Neurology, Via Oliva 22, Genoa 16153, Italy.


Pain is a common symptom in multiple sclerosis (MS) and was recently estimated to be experienced by up to 75% of patients. Nociceptive and neuropathic pain in MS may be present concurrently and at different stages of the disease and may be associated with other symptoms. Evidence for treating pain in MS is limited. Many clinical features of pain are often unrecognized by clinicians and are difficult for patients to describe. Treatment is often based on anecdotal reports and clinical experience. We present a review of treatment options for pain in MS that should serve to update current knowledge, highlight shortcomings in clinical research and provide indications towards achieving evidence-based treatment of pain in MS.

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