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What is neuralgia?

Neuralgia is the medical term for nerve pain. There are several different types of neuralgia depending on which nerve is being affected. The most common type of neuralgia, trigeminal neuralgia, affects your trigeminal nerve causing pain in your face. Glossopharyngeal neuralgia affects your glossopharyngeal nerve and may cause pain in your throat, tongue, tonsils and ears. Occiptial neuralgia affects one or more of your occiptal nerves and tends to cause pain in the back of your head and scalp. Another type of neuralgia called postherpetic neuralgia only affects those who have had shingles. The pain associated with neuralgia is often severe severe. You may experience spontaneous episodes or trigger them while performing a task as simple as eating or talking.

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What is the most common type of neuralgia?
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Is neuralgia life-threatening?
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