Neuralgic Pain

Nicole A. McCarthy, MD MSc
Reviewed by:

Nicole A. McCarthy, MD MSc

Nicole A. McCarthy, MD MSc
Reviewed by:

Nicole A. McCarthy, MD MSc


Neuralgic Pain

By:  Narda

October 22. 2021

As per, neuralgic pain is: “A sharp and paroxysmal pain along the course of a nerve”

Neuralgia or neuropathic pain is a health condition that impacts the nerves.  It is a specific pain that carries to the brain something akin to an electric shock sensation

There are different categories of nerve pain:

  • Nociceptive Pain: Typically, the result of tissue injury
  • Inflammatory Pain: An abnormal inflammation caused by an inappropriate response of the body’s immune system
  • Neuropathic Pain: Pain caused by nerve irritation
  • Functional Pain: Pain without obvious origin, nonetheless, painful


Types of neuralgia:

  • Occipital — a pain that start at the base of the skull and spreads to the back of the head
  • Pudendal — pain between the legs
  • Sciatica – compression of the sciatic nerve, radiating to the hips, buttocks and leg
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome — compression of the median nerve
  • Fibromyalgia — chronic pain in different parts of the body
  • Peripheral neuropathy — damaged to the peripheral nerves that connect the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body
  • glossopharyngeal neuralgia – pain in the throat, tonsils, tongue, and ear
  • intercostal neuralgia – pain in the chest
  • brachial neuralgia – pain in the arm
  • sciatica – pain affecting the leg, hip, and back
  • femoral neuralgia – painful feeling in the upper leg
  • lateral femoral cutaneous neuralgia – painful sensation on the outer side of the thigh
  • occipital neuralgia – chronic pain in the back of the head and upper neck, and behind the eyes
  • trigeminal neuralgia (facial neuralgia) – pain in parts of the face, which includes infra-orbital and supra-orbital neuralgia
  • postherpetic (post-herpetic) neuralgia – pain in the area where herpes zoster or shingles once occurred. This pain can last for several months or even years

   The symptoms of neuralgia are varied and include: 

  • A shooting, stabbing, or burning pain
  • A sudden electric shock
  • A sensation of pins and needles
  • Painful sensitivity to even a minor touch
  • Sensitivity to cold temperatures
  • Worsens at night
  • Challenges to sleep, sex, work and exercise
  • Causes strong mood changes
  • Numbness or weakness of the affected part
  • Irritable bowel or stomach


  • Diseased or injured central nervous system
  • Injury to the brain, spine, or nerves
  • Poor blood supply to the nerves
  • Alcoholism
  • Phantom pain after an amputation
  • Deficiency of vitamin B12 or vitamin B1
  • Emotional distress
  • Poor sleeping habits
  • Genetic factors
  • Shingles
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Cancer surgery and treatments


Consult with your physician to consider your options.  You may choose between modern and natural medicine.  If you choose a combination of both, make sure to consult with your doctor as some natural remedies my conflict with your doctor’s prescribed medication.

  • St. Johns Worth infused oil:  You may buy it or you may make your own by following directions in our “How to” section.   Directions:  Rub on affected area, as needed.  From the Backyard Medicine by Julie Burton-Seal and Mathew Seal
  • Bayberry compress:  Use for shingles.  Bayberry is an anti-inflammatory, refreshes, disinfects and is also astringent.  Make a decoction of ten minutes for the fresh herb or a three-minute decoction for the dry herb.  In a medium saucepan put one or two handfuls of the herb in three cups of water, bring to a boil as per instructions above and then let it cool.  Apply using a gauze soaked in this decoction and leave it on until it dries.  Repeat the process.  From La farmacia natural de la abuela by Ana Fernández Magdalena


  • Oats compress:  In a medium saucepan put two handfuls of stoneground (integral) oats roughly ground; add half a litter of water and cook for 60 minutes.  Let it simmer and sieve.  Use a piece of cotton fabric and apply while warm on the hurting area, leave until it reached ambient temperature and repeat the process.  Use it as hot as you can take without burning yourself.   Repeat as many times as necessary.  From La farmacia natural de la abuela by Ana Fernández Magdalena
  • Propolis:  Warm high-quality, raw propolis and using a soft fabric apply on the painful area.  Leaving the cataplasm on place, change every day until needed.  Propolis is a good anesthetic that will also allow the nerves to recover.

Extra tips

  • Take a B-Complex cap a day
  • In some cases, a high-protein diet is advised
  • Consider acupuncture
  • Tissue salts (cell salts, biochemistry salts, are powerful mini doses of our body’s essential minerals)
  • Try the parsley and lime juice in our migraines section, in some cases it has proven beneficial

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