Neuralgia: Severe, sharp, and electric-shock like pains that occur along the course of a nerve, radiating into a specific root or nerve distribution. Neuralgia is caused by pressure on nerves, poor nutrition which doesn't support nerve health, inflammation, or toxins. Pain of this sort is also referred to as neuropathic pain. Some common examples follow:
Sciatica: Severe pain in the leg along the course of the sciatic nerve, caused by compression or trauma of the sciatic nerve or its roots. The term especially refers to sciatic compression which occurs from a ruptured intravertebral disc but can be caused by any irritation or other compression of the nerve or its roots. See the sciatica category.
Trigeminal neuralgia: The most common type of nerve pain disorder. Neurogenic facial pain involving the gasserian ganglion or one or more branches of the trigimenal nerve, which can be one of three branches, the opthalmic, maxillary, or mandibular. The most commonly affected branches are the maxillary and mandibular. Often said to be the most common facial pain syndrome, it is chacterized by sudden, paroxysmal attacks of sharp, electric, stabbing pain which is most commonly felt unilaterally in the cheekbone, nose, upper lip, and upper teeth. It may also be felt in the lower lip, any of the teeth, and chin. The pain lasts from a few seconds to around two minutes.
Postherpetic neuralgia: Nerve pain following an attack of herpes zosters (shingles), which is caused by irritation of nerve roots of the spinal cord. This pain can persist beyond the crusting of lesion for weeks to months.
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