Neuralgia is the pain in a nerve or a distribution of nerves. There are different types of this condition which affect nerves in different parts of the body. People with neuralgia often find even the mildest stimulation can trigger a shock of pain. Unfortunately, as the condition progresses, patients experience longer and more frequent bouts of pain. This condition is more common in women than in men, and it's also more likely to occur in people 50 or older. Often, doctors can manage symptoms effectively with injections, medications or even surgery.
Some people with neuralgia experience facial pain. The pain has a varied nature and any pressure applied to the area may aggravate the sensation. Although neuralgia doesn't typically affect the functionality of the affected area, symptoms can include muscle weakness and spasms. In rare cases, patients experience complete paralysis of the nerves that control the muscles in the affected area. Symptoms of neuralgia start when a blood vessel presses on the nerve and damages its protective coating.
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