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What is Neuralgia?

Neuralgia is a condition of a sudden, painful attack as a result of a change in neurological structure or function due to irritation or damage to the nerves without stimulating pain receptor cells which affects the cranial nerves. The severe pain or mild burning may occur on the face and inside the mouth. It is broadly classified into four types.

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  1. Trigeminal Neuralgia
  2. Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia
  3. Occipital Neuralgia
  4. Postherpetic Neuralgia

 

WHAT IS TRIGEMINAL NEURALGIA?

Trigeminal neuralgia is a most common form of neuralgia that occurs due to the inflammation or compression of trigeminal nerve by an artery or a vein that frequently causes severe facial pain. It mostly affects the elderly people and generally affects right side of the face.

 

WHAT ARE THE CAUSES?

Biological changes in the nerve tissues, pressure exerted on the nerves by blood vessels or tumor and certain inflammatory diseases such as multiple sclerosis, sarcoidosis, lyme disease can act as a trigger. Injury to brain or trauma that damages or constricts the nerve may also lead to trigeminal neuralgia.

 

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

Severe, sharp and stabbing pain, simple daily activities such as brushing teeth, washing face, swallowing, talking, eating and chewing may trigger the pain. Mild sensation like blowing of wind, mild facial touch may also cause pain.

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