What are the treatment options for neuralgia?

There are several treatment options available for each type of neuralgia. The main focus is pain relief, especially if the cause of the neuralgia cannot be determined. In some cases, over-the-counter pain relievers or creams help. If not, your doctor may prescribe a stronger painkiller or another type of medication. Anticonvulsants, tricyclic antidepressants and muscle relaxants can all be effective at treating neuralgia. Local anesthetics can help provide temporary pain relief as well and nerve blocks, commonly used in treating occipital neuralgia, have a similar numbing effect on your nerve. If the specific cause of your neuralgia is determined your doctor may be able to treat it using a surgical procedure. Unfortunately, there are risks involved and these procedures don't work for everyone. In other cases, nerve or spinal cord stimulation may help.

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