Neuralgia Treatment Cambridge
Neuralgia is the name given to severe pain coming from a nerve. There are two types of neuralgia, trigeminal neuralgia and postherpetic neuralgia.
Trigeminal neuralgia is severe facial nerve pain. It can be described as a ‘stabbing’ or ‘shooting’ pain in the face, which can come on suddenly and last for several minutes.
Trigeminal neuralgia is quite a rare condition. For example, in the UK it is thought to affect only four or five people out of 100,000 each year. However, due to the fact that it can sometimes be difficult to confirm a diagnosis of neuralgia, this figure may actually be considerably higher.
In most cases, trigeminal neuralgia occurs in women and those who are over the age of 50. However, it is also possible for the condition to affect younger people.
Trigeminal neuralgia is a chronic condition that often gets worse over time. The symptoms can be treated with pharmaceuticals to ease the pain, although, in some cases, surgery may be required.
Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN)
Postherpetic neuralgia is constant severe nerve pain that can sometimes occur as a result of shingles.
Shingles is an infection that is caused by a virus called varicella zoster, which is the virus that also causes chickenpox. It usually affects the nerves of the chest and abdomen, causing pain and a rash on one side of the body.
In most cases, shingles lasts between 2-4 weeks. However, if the pain caused by shingles continues for longer than this, after the rash has healed, it is known as postherpetic neuralgia.
In adults, postherpetic neuralgia is the most common complication of shingles. However, it is difficult to estimate how many people are affected by the condition because there are many varying definitions of the condition in terms of the time it takes to develop and the length of time that someone experiences pain for. Research has estimated that approximately 20% of people with shingles will go on to have postherpetic neuralgia.
This type of neuralgia is uncommon in children, but the risk of developing it increases with age.
Postherpetic neuralgia sometimes resolves after a few months, although the symptoms can last longer than this. Medicines and treatments are available that can ease the symptoms, but they may not be able to relieve the pain completely.
Therapies for Help with Neuralgia
- Acupuncture benefits the improvement of physical health conditions as well as affective disorders and instills a feeling of increased mental clarity ... read more
- Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy can enable the body to release areas of restriction in its own way and at its own pace restoring natural rhythms. ... read more
- Bodywork and Movement Therapy is usually a very gentle, subtle and effective therapy that treats and suits a wide variety of problems ... read more
- CKT Chirokinetic Therapy assists with correcting imbalances and redirecting energy to depleted areas. It has been shown to be particularly good at dealing with allergies ... read more
- Corrective Holistic Exercise Kinesiology The CHEK system is multidisciplinary; therefore, it prioritises your personal programme according to your financial and time commitments to address the areas that will give you the greatest long-term reward. ... read more
- Functional Health Care assesses your current health and wellbeing and the practitioner can advise you on the various options available. Your assessment will be thorough and in depth and look at your health, diet, lifestyle, posture, fitness, happiness and coping abilities. ... read more
- McTimoney Chiropractic If you suffer with pain in the back, shoulders, neck or general pain, discomfort or stiffness in the joints then you should consider McTimoney Chiropractic treatment. It is suitable for almost everyone including babies, children, pregnant women (except in the first trimester), the elderly, and adults of all ages. ... read more
- Osteopathy focuses on the health and well-being of the musculo-skeletal system. Techniques range from the extremely gentle pressure of cranial osteopathy to high velocity thrusts to mobilize certain joints. ... read more