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Neuralgia - Definition


Neuralgia denotes the presence of pain along the course of a nerve. This type of pain can be permanent, or can manifest suddenly, either spontaneously or caused by movement or pressure on one area. The pain is commonly described as similar to a burning or electric shock sensation, or more rarely as painful paresthesia, pins and needles sensation, or numbness. This complaint can involve any nerve performing a sensory function. Neuralgia can therefore affect any part of the body, with cervico-brachial neuralgia spreading from the neck to the arm, femoral neuralgia affecting the anterior section of the thigh, or even dental neuralgia manifesting in the teeth. Underlying causes for nerve damage can be widely varied, including nerve pressure, neural disease, viral infection, violent impact, and so on. By treating the cause, we are able to relieve neuralgia.