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Nerve pain (often called “neuralgia”) is
defined as pain that follows the path of a nerve.
damage is defined as a condition that
can cause nerve pain. This pain can be located anywhere, but is usually on or
near the surface of the body.
(nerve pain) caused by nerve damage:
is frequently caused by nerve damage as a result of
the side effect of drugs and medications, chemicals
and chemotherapy, medical conditions such as diabetes,
as well as damage caused during surgery and physical
or pressure is felt as pain, movement may also be
painful. There is increased sensitivity of the
skin or numbness. There can be sharp,
stabbing pain that comes and goes, or it can be a
constant burning pain.
Trigeminal neuralgia is the most common form of
neuralgia. A related but uncommon neuralgia affects
the glossopharyngeal nerve, which provides feeling
to the throat.
There can be an impaired function of
the part of the body affected due to pain, and muscle
weakness. This is due to motor nerve
Other symptoms include
loss of deep tendon reflexes, loss of muscle mass,
lack of sweating (sweating is controlled by nerves),
tenderness along a nerve, and trigger points where
even a slight touch triggers pain.
Causes of neuralgia:
- Certain drugs
- Chemical irritation
- Chronic renal insufficiency
- Infections such as shingles, syphilis, and
- Pressure on nerves by nearby structures (for
- Swelling and irritation (inflammation)
- Trauma (including surgery)
Another name for Neuralgia:
Neuropathic pain, also known as neuralgia, is a disease that affects the nervous
system. ‘Neuro’ means nerves and ‘pathy’ means
disease. It thus affects the nerve pathways running
between the central nervous system – the brain and
spinal cord – and the peripheral nervous system –
motor and sensory neurons.
Neuralgia is dissimilar from the common type of
pain that one might experience when bring struck by
something as neuropathic pain is steady and constant,
characterized by a burning or pricking sensation,
which does not result from an obvious stimulus.
Whereas common pain influences only the pain nerves,
neuropathy triggers both pain and non-pain sensory
Treatments for Neuralgia:
treatment: is to reverse or control the cause of
the nerve problem (if found) and to provide pain
If the cause is a tumor
or some structure pressing on the nerve, surgery is
done to remove whatever is pressing on the nerve. This can be done for some cases of
carpel tunnel syndrome and trigeminal neuralgia.
Strict control of blood sugar may speed recovery
in people with diabetes who develop neuralgia.
Medications are given to cover up the pain and
- Antidepressant medications (amitriptyline,
- Antiseizure medications (carbamazepine,
gabapentin, lamotrigine or phenytoin).
- Mild over-the-counter analgesics (aspirin,
acetaminophen, or ibuprofen)
- Narcotic analgesics (codeine) for short-term
relief of severe pain (however, these do not
always work well)
- Topical creams containing capsaicin
- Local injections of pain-relieving drugs.
- Nerve blocks
- Surgical procedures, heat, balloon compression
or injection of chemicals to reduce feeling in
Unfortunately, these procedures do not guarantee
improvement and can cause loss of feeling or
When other treatment methods fail, medical doctors may
try motor cortex stimulation (MCS). An electrode is
placed over the sensory cortex of the brain and is
hooked to a pulse generator under the skin.
Physical therapy may be helpful for some types of
Natural Neuralgia Pain
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Restoring Nerve Health:
The many medications
given for this problem only attempts to cover up the pain. Sometimes the medications actually make the problem
worse due to side effects of the drug given. This can cause
more problems instead of correcting the problem.
The body will build healthy nerves if it is
given the correct tools to do so. The correct
tools are specific nutrition needed. What are they?
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