There are two types of neuralgia. Trigeminal neuralgia and Postherpetic neuralgia.
Trigeminal neuralgia is a chronic pain condition that affects the trigeminal nerve. This nerve carries sensations from your face to your brain. Those with trigeminal neuralgia may trigger a sudden excruciating pain by stimulation of their face, such as brushing teeth or eating.
Initially this may trigger short, mild attacks, but as trigeminal neuralgia progresses, it can cause frequent occurrences of increasing pain. Trigeminal neuralgia affects mostly those who are over 50, though it can occur at younger ages, and in women more than men.
Bouts of pain lasting from a few to several seconds
Occasional twinges of mild pain
Episodes of severe, shooting or stabbing pain, feeling like a shock
Spontaneous attacks of pain or attacks resulting from touching the face, chewing, speaking or brushing teeth
Pain affecting one side of your face at a time
Pain in areas supplied by the trigeminal nerve, including the cheek, jaw, teeth, gums, lips
When the trigeminal nerve’s function is disrupted, generally the problem is contact between a normal blood vessel, such as an artery or a vein, and the trigeminal nerve, which is located at the base of your brain. Pressure on the nerve as a result of this contact causes it to break down.
Postherpetic neuralgia is a complication stemming from shingles, which is a result of the chickenpox virus. Most cases of shingles clear up within a few weeks, but if the pain continues after the shingles rash and blisters have disappeared, this is called postherpetic neuralgia.
Postherpetic neuralgia affects nerve fibers and skin. The burning pain can be severe enough to interfere with movement, sleep and appetite. When shingles occurs on the face, the likelihood of postherpetic neuralgia increases significantly. Generally postherpetic neuralgia occurs in those older than 60.
Currently, there’s no cure for postherpetic neuralgia. For most people, postherpetic neuralgia improves over time. See your healthcare provider for treatment options.
Pain, such as burning, jabbing, and deep aching
Sensitivity to touch, even of clothing
Itching and numbness
Weakness or paralysis may occur in rare cases
Postherpetic neuralgia occurs when your nerve fibers are damaged during an outbreak of shingles. Damaged fibers aren’t able to communicate between your skin to your brain as they normally would, so the messages become confused and even exaggerated, causing chronic pain that may persist for months, or even years.
Essential oils that may assist with Neuralgia:
Blend 2 tablespoons Fractionated Coconut oil and 15 drops of selected oil(s). Apply over area of pain and gently rub into skin. If pain is too great, use a dark glass spray bottle to apply and let skin absorb.
Apply 1-2 times daily. Apply 2 drops Helichrysum oil before bed daily.