Neuralgia is a term used for severe pain caused due to a damaged nerve. The damage can occur to any nerve in the body and the most common are nerves in the face and neck parts. The pain due to neuralgia is often burning, shooting, stabbing and very severe and may feel like an electric shock. There are different types of neuralgia depending on the location of the affected nerve.
- Pressure on nerves
- Thyroid dysfunctions
- Certain infections
- Multiple sclerosis
- Surgical injuries
- Review of signs and symptoms
- Medical history
- Physical examination
- Neurological examination
- Dental exam, if needed
- Blood tests
- Imaging procedures such as MRI
- Nerve conduction tests
Neuralgia has no cure. Treatment for neuralgia mostly includes medications to relieve the symptoms.
- Medications used in the treatment of neuralgias includes are mostly antidepressants that reduce pain and anti seizure medicines. Other drugs prescribed by your doctor depends on the damage and symptoms exhibited.
- Surgical treatment may be required to relieve the pressure on the affected nerve. Surgical procurer varies for different types of neuralgia.
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