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What is Neuralgia? 

Author: Annette Badowski

Neuralgia is a general term for nerve pain affecting the peripheral nerves. Neuralgia often results in head and neck pain that is spasmodic, and is an extremely painful disorder that can completely destroy a person's quality of life. The most common cause of neuralgia is neuritis, an inflammation of the nerves that can be caused by injury. There are several types of neuralgia, namely trigeminal, postherpetic (caused by shingles) and occipital. The nerves affected by neuralgia are usually responsible for sensing touch, temperature and facial pressure. Trigeminal neuralgia, one of the most painful conditions seen in medicine, may cause a great disruption in the lifestyle of the sufferer. However, neuralgia is extremely rare, especially in those under 30. Women are most likely to succumb to neuralgia than men.

What are the symptoms of Neuralgia?

Neuralgia often affects the face, with symptoms manifesting in episodes of excruciating, electric shock like, or stabbing pain. It can also showcase as a burning and itchy type of symptom. This pain generally only lasts a few minutes and occurs on only one specific side of the face. Symptoms of Trigeminal neuralgia are extremely severe, resulting in sharp spasms on one side of the face, often affecting the forehead, eyes, scalp, lips, nose or jaws. Victims of Postherpetic neuralgia suffer from a complex form of shingles, and can be brought on by illness, stress, medications or advancing age. Occipital neuralgia often causes spasms of pain to the back or the front and sides of the head and usually occurs after a spinal injury, such as whiplash. It can also be caused by or conditions like gout or diabetes. Neuralgia can occur at any age, but is most common in the elderly.

What causes Neuralgia?

The causes of Neuralgia can depend on the type. As stated before, spinal injury or certain diseases can cause occipital neuralgia. Chemical irritation, inflammation, recent trauma, compression of nerves by tumors, and infections may all lead to neuralgia. In many cases, however, the cause is unknown. The most frequent cause of trigeminal neuralgia is a blood vessel pressing on the nerve near the brain stem. Over time, changes in the blood vessels of the brain can result in a blood vessels rubbing against the trigeminal nerve root. The constant rubbing with each heartbeat wears away the insulating membrane of the nerve, resulting in nerve irritation.

Will Painwave X4000 Help with Neuralgia?

Yes indeed! If you suffer from neuralgia, then the Painwave X4000 is a non-invasive, drug-free alternative to traditional medicines and treatments, which can have horrible side effects that alter your lifestyle. Not so with Painwave X4000. This unit actually works in concert with the body's own bioelectromagnetic ecosystem. Painwave X4000 has no known side effects and is extremely easy to use. Simply hold the unit over the infected area, moving gently over the surface of the skin in a small circular motion. After a short period of time Painwave X4000 can improve circulation, cell activity and lymphatic movements, all of which are beneficial in the relief of pain and other discomforts. In many cases, this stimulation will greatly reduce or eliminate the pain associated with Neuralgia for good.

Note: The contents provided in this article are not meant to replace the evaluation of a physician, If you think you may be experiencing complications due to neuralgia, contact your primary care physician immediately for diagnostic testing.

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