neuralgia

Treat Neuralgia Naturally

Neuralgia is characterized by pain in the nerve pathways and is not a disease but a symptom of nerve trauma or injury. Most people will experience neuralgia  at some point in their lives and in most cases the pain will fade away naturally. In more severe cases, however, treatment may be required. There are four main types of neuralgia; trigeminal which affects the nerves of the face, cheeks and jaw, occipital which affects the nerves that run from the back of the skull, facial which affects the nerves in the head and mouth, and glossopharyngeal which affects the jaw, ears and neck. Shingles can cause a fifth type of neuralgia known as postherpetic neuralgia.

 

How do I know if I have Neuralgia?

  • Numbness
  • Lack of sensation
  • Electric shock sensations
  • Burning
  • Stabbing pain
  • Constant or pain that comes in waves
  • Pain that worsens when the area is moved
  • Muscle spasms
  • Lack of function in affected nerve areas
  • Severe pain
  • Reduced perspiration
  • Muscle weakness
  • Pain along a nerve
  • Extreme sensitivity
  • Partial paralysis

If you have the following symptoms seek medical attention immediately:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Change of consciousness
  • Unresponsiveness
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Vertigo
  • Dizzines
  • Slurred speech
  • Loss of coordination
  • Breathing problems
  • Sudden paralysis

 

How can I prevent Neuralgia?

  • Treat primary medical conditions such as diabetes.
  • Keep your blood sugar controlled if you have diabetes.
  • Take steps to prevent getting shingles.
  • Have regular dental check-ups to keep dental issues under control.

 

How can I treat Neuralgia?

Natural treatment for neuralgia should be done in conjunction with traditional medicine. In many cases you will simply need to wait for the nerves to calm down on their own, so your focus should be on lessening your symptoms.

  • Consider acupuncture, massage and TENS therapy to help alleviate pain and calm the nervous system.
  • Toothache tree and Chamomile help to calm spasms and are anti-inflammatories that will help to also relieve nerve pain.
  • Use hot and cold therapy to keep the muscles in an affected area relaxed.
  • Avoid sleeping on the affected side as it can increase nerve sensitivity upon waking.
  • Try to get as much rest as possible.
  • Eat a wide variety of foods, but try to eat them softened so that you don’t have to struggled and endure more pain.
  • Get lots of B12 and omega-3’s as they help to boost body function and relieve pain.
  • Make an epsom salt bath, soak a towel in it and apply to the back of the neck or the affected nerve area to help soothe swelling and lessen inflammation.
  • If you do not have sensitive skin you can try applying a mixture of olive oil and cayenne pepper to the skin over an affected nerve. The capsacin may help to cool the nerve.
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