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what is neuralgia and what meds are given for it?

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Dr. Patrick Kohlitz
11 years experience Internal Medicine
Neuralgia: is a blanket term for a "feeling" or "pain" in the distribution of a nerve. There are many causes with a common one being shingles, which is caused by the Zoster virus. Some neuraglia type pain responds to medications such as pregabalin, neurontin (gabapentin) and select antidepressants.
Answered on May 28, 2015
Dr. Shawn Dalton-bethea
20 years experience Pain Management
Neuralgia: Hello. This describes pain stemming from nerves. However, you can neuralgic type symptoms in your soft tissues and muscles. Burning, stabbing, sharp, shooting, pins & needles, stinging, and numbness are examples of neuralgia type pain. Some examples of meds used to treat it: lidocaine gel & patches, gabapentin, lyrica, (pregabalin) elavil, topamax, capsaicin, etc.
Answered on May 28, 2015
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Dr. Bennett Machanic
52 years experience Neurology
Severe nerve pain: Neuralgia implies focal nerve pain in a variety of sites in the body. Trigeminal occurs with intense bursts over face on one side, postherpetic at site of prior shingles eruption, meralgia over anteroom-lateral thigh, cheiralgia over dorsum of hand, notalgia over shoulder blade, nervus intermedius seems within ear. Many more varieties, but as mentioned, meds to treat are available.
Answered on May 28, 2015

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