Neuralgia describes a shooting and shocking pain that develops due to damaged or irritated nerves and is located in the area supplied by the affected nerves. The treatment of neuralgia will focus on pain relief. When a person experiences similar problems as described here, it is important to visit a neurologist for further investigation.
Neuralgia is pain of the nerve, which often occurs suddenly and can be severe. It is characterized as electrifying, sharp or even burning pain. The pain occurs in the area supplied by damaged nerves. Damage of the nerve can happen anywhere in the human body, however, the most common places include the face and neck.
The cause of neuralgia is mainly due to nerve damage. The nerve fibers are protected by a myelin sheath. If the myelin sheath is damaged, it may result in nerve pain. Besides, also damage on the nerve fiber itself or circulatory disorders of a nerve can lead to neuralgia. There are many factors that can result in damage of the nerve, including 1) old age, 2) infection, 3) multiple sclerosis, 4) pressure on the nerves (for example herniated disks or carpal tunnel syndrome), 5) diabetes, 6) chronic renal disease, 7) porphyria, 8) trauma, 9) chemical irritation and the like. The most common neuralgias are the following: 1) Postherpetic neuralgia: it results from shingles and may be located anywhere over the body. 2) Trigeminal neuralgia: it is caused by damage of the trigeminal nerve, which goes from the brain to the face. 3) Glossopharyngeal neuralgia: damage of the glossopharyngeal nerve may produce pain in throat and neck.
The treatments of neuralgia may include 1) surgery which can relieve the pressure on the nerve, 2) control of blood sugar, 3) physical therapy and 4) medications. The common medications include anti-inflammatory painkillers such as ibuprofen, anti-depressant drugs such as amitriptyline and nortriptyline, and topical ointments with capsaicin. For people with severe pain, anti-seizure medications such as carbamazepine and narcotic pain medications such as opioids may be used. If the pain cannot be controlled with these medications, the last option is local anesthesia or electrical nerve stimulation.
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