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What Is Neuralgia?

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Updated December 11, 2009

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Definition: Neuralgia is nerve pain, or neuropathic pain.

Neuralgia may be caused by many different things, including nerve damage, nerve irritation, infection or other diseases. Some common types of neuralgia include:

Also Known As: neuropathy, neuropathic pain, neurogenic pain
Examples:
Trigeminal neuralgia is facial pain caused by nerve dysfunction.
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