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What is postherpetic neuralgia?

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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Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
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Neuralgia (Definition)

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, ...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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Any treatment for post-herpetic neuralgia?

Any treatment for post-herpetic neuralgia?

Many: Over the counter remedies include zostrex cream-a cayenne pepper extract that will burn your eyes like tear gas. There are a number of medications including Lidoderm patches-a local anesthetic applied to the unbroken skin, a number of different meds of the anti-epileptic class like lyrica, (pregabalin) neurontin; snri antidepressents like Cymbalta and Pamelor work at the spinal cord level, . ...Read more

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What is post herpetic neuralgia?

Shingles: A neuropathic pain that lasts for more than a month after a shingles infection started. ...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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What is trigeminal neuralgia?

Type of facial pain: Electrical shocks in region of trigeminal nerve of face. Severe, intermittent, debilitating pain. Some have more constant pain. 70% controlled by tegretol. Some require nerve destructive procedures, focused radiation, or separation of blood vessel from trigeminal nerve. ...Read more

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What is trigeminal neuralgia?

What is trigeminal neuralgia?

Sharp pain: It is a sharp pain usually located on one side of the face. Although it is a nerve pain, it's cause can also be confused with things like a tooth ache or muscle pain. If you are experiencing this type of pain see a doctor who can diagnose any of these conditions. ...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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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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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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What medications treat trigeminal neuralgia?

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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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

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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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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 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 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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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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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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Dr. William Singer
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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