The epidemiology of neuropathic pain in UK Biobank
Using the improved pain data available in UK Biobank, we verified that previously known factors associated with neuropathic pain in population studies could be replicated in UK Biobank. We confirmed that using the DN4 questionnaire (Douleur Neuropathique en 4 Questions / Neuropathic Pain in 4 Questions) to define neuropathic pain gives results consistent with previous research. We found, amongst other things, that neuropathic pain was:
- Associated with worse health-related quality of life, being female, and being younger compared to the control group with no chronic pain;
- Associated with pain in the limbs, greater pain intensity, higher body mass index, and being male compared to the control group with chronic, non-neuropathic pain;
- Associated with diabetes and neuropathy, but also other pains (pelvic, postsurgical, and migraine) and musculoskeletal disorders (rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and fibromyalgia).
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Georgios Baskozos, Harry Hébert, et al. Epidemiology of neuropathic pain: an analysis of prevalence and associated factors in UK Biobank. PAIN Reports 8(2):p e1066, March 2023. https://doi.org/10.1097/PR9.0000000000001066