What is the difference between peripheral neuropathy and neuralgia?

Signs. Neuralgia is pain is the distribution of a nerve. Neuropathy is objective evidence of nerve dysfunction. For example, numbness or weakness atteibuted to a nerve. One can have a neuralgia without objective evidence of nerve dysfunction. One can have neuropathy without pain.
Pain vs. Pathology. Neuropathy translates as "nerve injury" and can occur without associated pain. Neuralgia means "nerve pain" and refers specifically to nerve-related pain; often in the context of a neuropathy.

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Can nerve block in your neck trigger other pain syndromes to show up like trig neuralgia, CNS inflam, &peripheral neuropathy?

Highly unlikely. Meds injected in a nerve block tend to stay right there and not create problems all over the body. Read more...
No. A typical nerve block will not trigger other other pain syndromes. When done by a qualified physician, nerve blocks are generally safe and a useful option. Read more...

How can u just wake up one day and have peripheral neuropathy, trigeminal neuralgia? Could this be linked to CNS inflammation? What cause? 31yrwf

Possibly. Peripheral neuropathy can be any nerve , or more often refers to a type of "stocking-glove" area of feet or hands seen in diabetes, thyroid disease, B12 deficiency , .Trigeminal neuralgia is specific to that nerve , and can involve branches of the trigeminal individually.Most cases are from compression of the nerve by the superior cerebellar artery. Treatments ;gasser. Gangion block, micros. Decompr. Read more...

Why would a Vascular Study be recommend by a surgeon for Chronic Idiopathic Peripheral Neuropathy/Neuralgia (severe left foot) and Pudendal Neuralgia?

Rule out other cause. Idiopathic means that we really do not know the underlying cause of the neuropathy. In working up pain or numbness in the extremity, vascular studies, like an ultrasound, can help look for some occlusive disease. Nerves need blood to function and the lack of oxygen can cause injury. Discuss with the doc who ordered the test. Read more...
Vascular study nerve. A vascular study, such as an ankle / brachial index, is often done in the setting of unilateral pain, even if it is felt to be due to a peripheral nerve condition. Read more...
Complete. These types of conditions are not straight forward. There are many interconnecting bodily systems so this test is being ordered to rule out all potential causes. For examples, some of my pudendal neuralgia patient's have had disorder of varicose veins that compress and aggrevate the nerve. Read more...

What are some strong pain relievers for nerve pain? And peripheral neuropathy? I've tried almost everything and nothing is wrkng, I feel awful.

See details. Before resorting to narcotic pain relievers, have a neurologist evaluate or reevaluate the problem. It is possible that you still have options short of narcotics. Read more...
Nerve pain. Commonly, anti-seizure medications like Gabapentin or Lyrica (pregabalin) are used for neuropathic pain. Antidepressants like tca are also shown to be effective for neuropathic pain. Sometimes, we will add low dose opioid for severe pain. Nerve blocks are also effective for peripheral neuropathy. Please see a pain specialist for evaluation. Read more...

I suffer from sudden onset peripheral neuropathy of the feet and nerve pain throughout my body. Yesterday I fell at work and had a complete a-c separaion of the shoulder. My feet hurt more now. Why?

Need a thorough exam. There are many causes of peripheral neuropathies. You need to see your primary care physician for a detailed exam, which will include lab studies to delineate the cause. Read more...
Nerve pain. Since you have been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy, did they pinpoint its origin? You list a pain killer and an antidepressant. Are you taking them simultaneously? They should be taken separately. The fall enhanced and excited your pain receptors and your feet are now more painful. Try to soak the feet in cold water and see if this helps. You may want to alternate to warm water too. . Read more...

How can you tell if nerve pain is coming from herniated disc vs. Peripheral neuropathy vs. Degenerative disc disease? What are the symptoms of each?

Read on ! peripheral neuropathy is usually a symmetrical bilateral set of symptoms sensory or motor, Disc problems are often focal,local and unilateral A neurologist with the help of an electromyogram can help. Read more...

Esr st 50. Severe peripheral neuropathy. Severe nerve pain. Nerve biopsy on my foot next wk.

SOME THOTS. Not uncommon to develop a painful peripheral neuropathy with type 2 diabetes, and this symptomatology is caused by small fibre involvement. The elevated sed rate is likely due to the diabetes. Your metformin could interfere with b-12 absorption, and this needs checking. Why sural nerve biopsy, as more info available from skin punch biopsy?Maybe medical food metanx can benefit. Read more...

What is femoral neuropathy, I've been diagnosed with sudden onset peripheral neuropathy of the feet, and nerve pain throughout my body. Have severe pan in my left upper thigh, nothing helps the pain.

EMG can be helpful. The femoral nerve is formed from L2, L3 and L4 nerves that come out of lumbar spine. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/peripheral-neuropathy/basics/definition/con-20019948 Pain in the thigh can come from lumbar spine even though you may not have back or hip pain. EMG can help determine in a peripheral nerve or lumbar nerve is irritated. Read more...
Spine vs Neuropathy. The cause of your pain may be a pinched nerve in the spine or around the thigh, especially if just on one side. It may also be neuropathy not due to compression (pinching), which usually is symmetric on both sides. A good neurologic exam by your doctor may be able to differentiate the source better. Read more...

What is treatment for peripheral neuropathy, trig neuralgia, CNS inflammation, and fibromyalgia? 80+ lbs unitentional weight loss?!

Correct Diagnosis . The most cost-effective diagnosis is the correct diagnosis. The symptoms described suggests a systemic process which could cause inflammation of blood vessels. The only exception is fibromyalgia which is not an inflammatory process but a chronic pain syndrome. The treatment of the vasculitis is separate from the treatment of the fibromyalgia. Your physician will help guide you through the diagnostic and treatmen. Read more...
Cause of . Unintentional weight loss will likely be part of the answer. Why or how did that happen? How is your liver function? Read more...