Neuralgia is not an illness but a symptom of an injury or of a particular disorder. It is often described as a sharp, burning and stabbing pain that occurs along a damaged nerve. The damaged nerve may lie at any part of the body, but commonly found in the neck or face. Neuralgia arises due to damaged nerve and the damage could be due to infection, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, pressure on nerves or many other reasons. There are several types of Neuralgia, but the cause of Neuralgia is often undetermined.
Signs and symptoms
- Increased sensitivity of the skin along the path of a damaged nerve
- Recurring sharp or stabbing pain along the path of the nerve
- Muscle spasm
- Weakness or paralysis of muscles supplied by same nerve
Note: these are just a few signs and symptoms provided for informational purposes. Do not attempt self-diagnosis based on this list.
The treatment for Neuralgia varies, depending on the underlying cause of the pain. There are medications that can help to relieve pain or treat muscle spasms. Surgery may be introduced to desensitize the nerve and block pain messages in more serious cases. Alternative therapies such as physiotherapy, osteopathy, acupuncture or hypnosis may be advised, depending on the cause of Neuralgia.
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Dr. Bressler has a weath of experience in Neuralgia treatment. We will make an accurate diagnosis and tailor an individualized treatment plan for management and/or recovery. Your well-being is our priority. Our entire staff at Northern Neurology Specialties are ready to meet your needs with an exceptional level of care and attention. Contact us today and speak with a specialist.