Neuralgia describes a variety of rare and painful conditions in which shooting, stabbing, burning, pain, or numbness occur along the course of a nerve, usually in the head or neck. Many believe that the protective sheath of the nerve deteriorates, sending abnormal messages. Like static in a telephone line, these abnormalities disrupt the normal signal of the nerve and cause pain. Most often the damage is from a blood vessel compressing the nerve.
Other causes include aging, multiple sclerosis, and nearby tumors. Trigeminal neuralgia was identified almost 2,000 years ago. Early treatments, like most medicine in those days, were mostly topical (applied to the skin) and ineffective. Today, the most effective treatments for neuralgia are allopathic, but alternative therapies may help support the patient's general well-being and improve overall health.
Keywords: Stabbing pain, Treatment, tumors, nerve, topical