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Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
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Neuralgia (Overview)

Can also be described as neuropathic pain or "nerve pain" which can occur anywhere in the body. It can also be due to many disorders such as direct nerve damage, diabetes, trigeminal neuralgia, or infection.


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Is migraineous neuralgia a component of trigeminal neuralgia?

Is migraineous neuralgia a component of trigeminal neuralgia?

Migraineous: Neuralgia is not related to trigeminal neuralgia, but can be and often is mediated by the trigeminal nerve or brain stem nuclei. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
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Neuralgia (Overview)

Can also be described as neuropathic pain or "nerve pain" which can occur anywhere in the body. It can also be due to many disorders such as direct nerve damage, diabetes, trigeminal neuralgia, or infection.


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Can TMJ cause trigeminal neuralgia?

Can TMJ cause trigeminal neuralgia?

No: Similar symptoms but the trigeminal nerve is usually irritated by a different mechanism in trigeminal neuralgia. Most of the time it is irritated by a vascular loop. Often it will respond to medication like Carbamazepine or related anticonvulsants. There is a surgical treatment ( vascular decompression ) that is sometimes used when medication fails. TMJ is more akin to arthritis of the TM joint. ...Read more

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Can cluster headache cause trigeminal neuralgia?

Can cluster headache cause trigeminal neuralgia?

Definitely, no: Cluster headaches are sometimes mistaken for trigeminal neuralgia because they have similar symptoms. However, there are a number of big differences between the two conditions. TN is episodic (paroxysmal) neuropathic disorder. Cluster headache is the most painful of all the primary headache disorders. ...Read more

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Dothiepin has benefit in management of neuralgia. Can withdrawal of dothiepin cause nerve pain as a withdrawal symptom?

Dothiepin has benefit in management of neuralgia. Can withdrawal of dothiepin cause nerve pain as a withdrawal symptom?

Yes: If this tricyclic antidepressant (TCA) is working for the treatment of your neuralgia, then if you stop taking the medication, it's likely the neuralgia pain will reemerge. Discontinuation after chronic TCA use can lead to Parkinson-like symptoms and balance problems. See your physician before making any medication changes. http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/413110_3 ...Read more

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Trigeminal neuralgia means pain where?

Trigeminal neuralgia means pain where?

Trigeminal neuralgia: trigeminal neuralgia involves the face, usually on just one side and can involved the forehead, eye, cheek and jaw. Bilateral TN is usually only seen in patients with MS. ...Read more

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What is postherpetic neuralgia?

Nerve Damage: A painful condition that follows a bout of shingles or herpes zoster. This occurs in people that have had chicken pox earlier in life when the virus reactivates in their nervous system..An immunization is available for patients over 50 to reduce the chance of this reactivation happening. Condition is not generally seen in younger people unless they are immunocompromised or under unusual stress. ...Read more

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How long does shingles last and what are key signs of postherpetic neuralgia?

How long does shingles last and what are key signs of postherpetic neuralgia?

Shingles: Most cases of shingles last 3 to 5 weeks. Usually 1 to 5 days after one experiences pain/burning in a specific area, a rash with blisters appears. This may take a week to 10 days to dry up & become crusty. Usually within a couple of weeks the scabs resolve. REF: https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/shingles#catch. Postherpetic neuralgia - pain persists well after blisters are gone. ...Read more

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Can Cricopharyngeal spasm causesupraorbital neuralgia?

No relationship: Maybe you could converse with one of our doctors via a Concierge visit and clarify all of this. ...Read more

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ENT diagnosis - neuralgia.Can neuralgia- sore throat, feel sick, ear ache, ear pressure be the symptoms of withdrawal from Dothiepin?

No: Dothiepin was originally developed as a tricyclic anti-depressant drug but has a benefit in the management of chronic idiopathic orofacial pain and neuralgias. ...Read more

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What symptoms characterize trigeminal neuralgia?

See below: Trigeminal neuralgia symptoms may include one or more of these patterns: occasional twinges of mild pain episodes of severe, shooting or jabbing pain spontaneous attacks of pain or attacks triggered by things such as touching the face, chewing, speaking and brushing teeth bouts of pain lasting from a few seconds to several seconds episodes of several attacks lasting days. ...Read more

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How is trigeminal neuralgia diagnosed?

Clinical exam: Trigeminal neuralgia is a condition where sharp, electrical pain affects the face along one or more of the three branches of the trigeminal nerve. There is typical and atypical types of trigeminal neuralgia. Your neurosurgeon or neurologist should be able to examine you and make a diagnosis. Brain MRI scans are usually done to make sure there are no tumors or ms. ...Read more

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Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
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What medications treat trigeminal neuralgia?

Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
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TN medications: In spite of vast improvements in the medical or surgical management of TN, there is still no treatment modality available. Carbamazepine, trileptal, neurontin, (gabapentin) baclofen and Dilantin are the most common medications for TN. ...Read more

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Is trigeminal neuralgia very serious?

Is trigeminal neuralgia very serious?

YES! If not treated.: Tn is a specific name to a type of facial pain. It can take a few doctors visits to get a final ruling. Don't wait it is not cancer but the pain can make you wish you were dead! think flesh/tissue and not nerves for face pain! begin a self-care wellness program of vits, magnesium glycinate, sleep hygiene, self/pro massage, chiropractor, heat, epsom soaking, stretching. I use acupuncture! ...Read more

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How do you test for trigeminal neuralgia?

How do you test for trigeminal neuralgia?

No specific test: Tests that are performed are merely to rule out the presence of underlying factors such as multiple sclerosis or a tumor. A full exam is performed. After discussion of type and location of the pain, your doctor will eliminate possible causes. If it warrants further investigation, MRI may be ordered. ...Read more

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What is occipital neuralgia complex?

Dr. Brian Le Dr. Le
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Occipital neuralgia: Occipital neuralgia is a neurological condition in which the occipital nerves (the nerves run from the top of the cervical spine up through the scalp) are inflamed or injured. Occipital neuralgia is characterized by severe pain that begins in the upper neck and back of the head as well as chronic headache. ...Read more

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What are the tests for neuralgia?

Doctor decides: Pain arising from an injured (cut, ruptured, bruised, with scarred healing, or being chronically pinched yet not killed) nerve.  sciatica is type of neuralgia.  diagnosis of a nerve that is not disconnected, scarred, healing, or being killed is exceedingly difficult and diagnosis is not benefitted by imaging studies or mri.  test of this syndrome depends on the examination by doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Jackie Lam Dr. Lam
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What is post herpetic neuralgia?

Dr. Jackie Lam Dr. Lam
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Shingles: A neuropathic pain that lasts for more than a month after a shingles infection started. ...Read more

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I had lasik over a year ago. My eyes are extra sensitive to wind and light. How do I know if I have cornea neuralgia?

I had lasik over a year ago. My eyes are extra sensitive to wind and light. How do I know if I have cornea neuralgia?

Ask your doctor: You must continue to work with your doctor. You have symptoms consistent with dry eye. This can occur after lasik but resolves for most people by 6 months after surgery. Stay connected with your doctor to learn the exact cause and follow recommended treatments. ...Read more

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Can a Vitrectomy cause Trigeminal Neuralgia?

Generally no: A vitrectomy generally does not cause trigeminal neuralgia. If you are having symptoms consistent with trigeminal neuralgia please speak with your physician or make a virtual appointment for further discussion. ...Read more

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Can an impacted wisdom tooth cause neuralgia?

It's possible: Often depends upon extent of infection and or proximity to nerve bundles prior to extraction. ...Read more

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Shingles -has anyone had post-herpetic neuralgia pain treated?

Several treatments: Post-herpetic neuralgia (chronic pain after shingles) can be treated with Gabapentin (neurontin) or other related drugs. You can also apply capsaicin (zostrix) cream to the area, which burns the nerve endings to deaden the pain. Other treatments include tricyclic antidepressants, Lidocaine patches, and, in severe cases, narcotic pain relievers. ...Read more

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Could dental work cause trigeminal neuralgia?

Could dental work cause trigeminal neuralgia?

Not usually: Newer leading research indicates that it is an enlarged blood vessel - possibly the superior cerebellar artery - compressing or throbbing against the microvasculature of the trigeminal nerve near its connection with the pons. Such a compression can injure the nerve's protective myelin sheath and cause erratic and hyperactive functioning of the nerve. ...Read more

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Is trigeminal neuralgia a symptom of multiple sclerosis?

Is trigeminal neuralgia a symptom of multiple sclerosis?

Possibly: Trigeminal neuralgia in a younger adult may be caused by multiple sclerosis. However, there must be more than just trigeminal neuralgia to define definite ms. History of other suspicious symptoms, abnormalities on neuro exam other than just trigeminal neuralgia and supplemental diagnostic studies will better define the suspicion for ms. ...Read more

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What does "atypical facial neuralgia" mean?

Facial pain: This is a facial pain syndrome that don't not fall into the classic pattern of trigeminal neuralgia. It is often more difficult to treat than tn as well. ...Read more

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Is a stellate ganglion block appropriate for postherpetic neuralgia along the trigeminal nerve.

Is a stellate ganglion block appropriate for  postherpetic neuralgia along the trigeminal nerve.

Yes indicated: Herpes zoster ' shingles' after blisters healed in some will have severe disabling pains will lost for months and months which most likely you have involving one of the trigeminal nerve branch, the virus stays in nerve root for ever. Image guided cervicothoracic sym. Ganglion block along with t.N block most likely will help your pain , is relatively low risk procedure in trained hands. ...Read more

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Will postherpetic neuralgia be visible?

Post herpetic neural: The words only mean pain related to having had shingles.Noted after the shingles has healed. If you have a rash then one ay see it but more often than not the rash is long done. ...Read more

Dr. LaMont Gee Dr. Gee
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What type of doctor treats trigeminal neuralgia? Pain on right side of my tongue and awhile back right side of face.

Dr. LaMont Gee Dr. Gee
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A Medical Doctor: Pain from trigeminal neuralgia can result from more than one source. You need to find a physician who is very familiar with this disorder. Evaluation and treatment may require several different approaches before arriving at a satisfactory solution. I would suggest beginning with a neurologist. ...Read more

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How can trigeminal neuralgia be treated?

Yes: Generally trials of antiseizure medications can be beneficial. Some individuals fail such therapy and may otherwise benefit from neurosurgical procedures including gamma knife therapy. ...Read more

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Is methycobal 500 used for treating neuralgia? Compared to Neurobion, Neurogen E, which is more effective?

Vitamin B12: Vitamin B12 is used to treat peripheral neuropathy that is due to a deficiency in vitamin B12. There is not a lot of research into head-to-head comparisons of the efficacy of over the counter medications (including vitamins). Just make sure to normalize your vitamin B12 level if it is low. See your neurologist for further discussion. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/926.html ...Read more

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Are there any successful treatments for occipital neuralgia complex?

Many: Medication & therapy are the joint "first line" treatments, as they are with other nerve compression syndromes (like carpal tunnel). However, as the disease progresses, surgical nerve decompression becomes necessary to treat the disease. ...Read more

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Can trigeminal neuralgia be cured by naturopathy ? Or by doing acupressure on ones index finger ?

No: Please read http://www.quackwatch.com/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/Naturopathy/naturopathy.html. I am not trying to discredit the other docs' answers. I am trying to encourage you not to allow yourself to be hoodwinked by uncritically accepting just any unfounded claim that appeals to you. Think critically. The facts are what they are, not what you want them to be. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of syatic nerve pain?

How can I get rid of syatic nerve pain?

Sciatica: Try ibuprofen, naproxen, gentle exercise, stretching. If this doesn't help you should see a spine specialist. ...Read more

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I've got trigeminal neuralgia it's been in remission i've got flare ups strong today. Will a pain pill help. I'm on 150 Trileptal 1 daily.?

Talk to personal doc: Trigeminal neuralgia flares can be exceedingly painful and often require medication to provide pain relief. The type of pain medication used for flares varies from physician to physician and also varies based on your other medical comorbidities. Call your personal physician for recommendations. ...Read more

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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Nerve Pain (Definition)

Neuralgia is a sharp, shocking pain that follows the path of a nerve and is due to irritation or ...Read more