Symptoms of Neuralgia

The common signs and symptoms of neuralgia are:

  • Numbness or lack of sensation in the affected area
  • Electric shock like sensations
  • Sensations of pins and needles
  • Burning sensation
  • Stabbing pain in the affected areas
  • Pain may come and go or remain constant
  • Pain worsens when the area is moved
  • Muscle spasms
  • The affected area may or may not still be functional
  • Pain can be so severe that even touching or brushing against the area can trigger off the pain
  • Reduced perspiration
  • Muscle weakness
  • Pain that follows the course of a nerve
  • Extreme sensitivity
  • Inability to move a body part or paralysis of a body part
In some cases, neuralgia may develop in association with a malfunction in a part of the peripheral nervous system. When this happens, it can become a life-threatening situation that requires immediate medical attention. If you or someone you know experiences any of the following symptoms, contact 911 at the earliest:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Change in consciousness or alertness
  • Unresponsiveness
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Vertigo / Dizziness
  • Slurred speech / Inability to talk clearly
  • Loss of coordination
  • Breathing problems such as shortness of breath, wheezing, choking, and difficulty in breathing
  • Sudden paralysis of any part of the body

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