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What are the Different Types of Neuralgia Treatments?

By Patti Kate
Updated May 17, 2024
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Various neuralgia treatments include heat applications, pain-relieving narcotic analgesics, and corrective nerve surgery. Antidepressant medications may also be prescribed in some cases. In severe cases of neuralgia, when seizures are present, anti-seizure medications may be prescribed. In cases of abnormal blood sugar surges, blood sugar control may be recommended along with other neuralgia treatments. Modification of diet may also provide relief and help control negative effects of this condition.

When inflammation is present with neuralgia symptoms, anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed. Such drugs may include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) as well as prescription cortisone drugs. These medications may help reduce the swelling and pain often associated with neuralgia.

To reduce or control inflammation, alternating treatments of heat and ice may be utilized. Ice may help reduce swelling, while heat helps control pain and increase blood flow to the targeted area. These treatments may be done by a physical therapist or at home. In physical therapy sessions, treatments may also include certain exercises to increase mobility and flexibility.

Modifying one's diet may be one of the neuralgia treatments recommended by the patient's physician. Consuming less fatty or fried foods may be advised. Adding foods that are rich in antioxidants, such as green leafy vegetables and fresh fruits can often help control inflammation. Consuming dark, tart cherries and blueberries is thought to reduce inflammation as well.

In certain less severe cases, neuralgia treatments may include applications of topical pain-relieving creams. Capsaicin is one ingredient in many ointments that can block pain receptors. These preparations may be purchased without a doctor's prescription as an over-the-counter medication. Following directions on the package is recommended.

Some patients may find relief from receiving injections of drugs that act as a local anesthetic. The patient's physician may limit these injections to a semi-annual or quarterly basis. If these treatments do not produce satisfactory results, the doctor may recommend surgery on the affected nerve or nerves.

When certain tumors are pressing against certain nerves, symptoms relating to neuralgia may occur. This condition will require surgical intervention in most cases. Alternately, certain medications may be prescribed to shrink the tumors that are causing the pressure build-up.

Although not as common as traditional neuralgia treatments, homeopathic remedies are an alternate method preferred by some patients. Finding a qualified alternative health practitioner may be the answer for some individuals. This is an all-natural method of healing done with various forms of therapy, emotional evaluation, and dietary supplements.

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