The nerves in your body carry signals from your brain to the rest of the body. They’re like the international highway for your body, with signals being carried at high speeds. However, like an actual highway, they can end up jammed or damaged and can cause you numerous problems; One of which is sharp pain in the area where the damage is. This is called Neuralgia and it affects numerous people every year.
Neuralgia also has several variants that can affect you based on where they can occur on your body. For example, trigeminal neuralgia occurs as a sharp pain on your face, while occipital neuralgia happens on the back of your head moving upwards.
What Can Cause Neuralgia
Neuralgia can be caused by a wide range of things that you could encounter each day. One of the most common things that could cause Neuralgia are accidents. Particularly nasty falls is a common accident that can cause it. Major accidents like car accidents can very easily cause Neuralgia, in addition to many other conditions.
You should also know that Neuralgia can be caused by other medical conditions like Multiple Sclerosis, Diabetes and Thyroid issues can cause it.
- Having Multiple Sclerosis means your own immune system attacks your own nerves.
- Diabetes’ effect on your blood sugar causes damage to your nerves over time, leading to Neuralgia
- Thyroid problems like Graves’ disease have a major effect on the health of your nerves.
The various types of neuralgia like trigeminal neuralgia and occipital neuralgia also have their own causes. Usually these occur depending on where the damaged nerves are.
What Can You Do To Treat Neuralgia?
Neuralgia may be a common issue that lowers the quality of life of numerous people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t treat it. Like the number of things that can cause it, there are numerous ways to help ease the pain from Neuralgia as well.
One of the most common ways to help ease the pain from Neuralgia is to use heat to ease the pain. Warm compresses, and hot baths or showers are an excellent way to reduce inflammation and pressure in the area affected by the pain. This decompresses the affected nerve and reduces the pain. It’s a great first option in case you’re experiencing pain but don’t have access to a doctor at the moment.
Another way you can deal with Neuralgia is to go to the opposite end of the spectrum of warmth and use an ice pack. Just like a warm shower it helps reduce inflammation. It also helps numb the nerve and reduce the pain. However, do note that you should avoid repeated use of ice packs as repeated cold exposure can further damage your nerves.
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Neuralgia is a painful condition that can certainly reduce the quality of life you’re living. But that should never be the case. We want to be there, ready to help you when Neuralgia is causing you issues.
Our line of personalized treatments are tailor fit to your needs, and to the various conditions that you might have to deal with. This includes the numerous types of Neuralgia that can affect you.