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This article needs disambiguation from Neuropathic pain, else merger. --Una Smith (talk) 01:03, 30 March 2008 (UTC)


This article lists Lyrica as an antidepressant, when it is an anticonvulsant. I have corrected the information. Brattysoul (talk) 20:14, 12 January 2009 (UTC)

Just reviewed the page and not only was Lyrica returned to the previous edit as an antidepressant, but Neurontin was included as an antidepressant. These two medications have been and are listed with the FDA as anti convulsants. Because their medical value is similar to the way anti depressants work with neuropathic pain, certainly does not automatically change the classification of Lyrica and Neurontin. According to the FDA, Lyrica is an antiepileptic medication, as is Neurontin (AEDs). Nowhere is there the claim they are anti-depressants.

Lyrica(Pregabalin) and Neurontin(Gabapentin) arein the AED therapy as a GABA Analog product classification.

I've revised the article to reflect the correct info regarding the medications used for treatment of this condition. If it's changed again, it should be considered vandalism, and it should be considered that there is the possibility that someone is posting their own POV rather than maintaining a neutral view here. Brattysoul (talk) 02:43, 29 April 2009 (UTC)

Plain English[edit]

Might this be put into more plain English? I am not a doctor and saying that Neuralgia can be simply put as .... where .... is something that I suspect few lay people would understand is not particularly helpful. I would edit it myself but I am no doctor. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:08, 16 April 2009 (UTC)

I've tried to add a clarification of the basic concept. The article still could use a lot of copy-editing. Looie496 (talk) 16:18, 17 April 2009 (UTC)


I have removed the POV remark regarding surgery, since there is not a definitve reference other than a "personal" interview with Michael Stechison. The surgery in question is in reference to Peripheral Nerve Entrapment(carpal tunnel and ulnar nerve) repair. When accessable information can be included to back up the statement about surgery success, then it should be replaced.

Surgery is still in its infancy and not being used as yet in the same way medications are in treatment of neuralgia etc.

By the way, I went to several neurologists regarding this very surgery I read about in a diabetic magazine-I live in a city with highly regarded medical teaching schools, including but not limited to the Univ of Penn and Jefferson Univ--and this surgery was discouraged due to its ineffectiveness and there showed only about 20% improvement after surgery in many patients. Brattysoul (talk) 03:14, 29 April 2009 (UTC)

Neuralgia is not causalgia[edit]

Neuralgia is not causalgia: "Neuralgia was first recognized by Silas Weir Mitchell, a neurologist in the American Civil War" is unfortunately wrong. The first mention of "neuralgia" was by Ambroise Paré to describe a neuralgia of Charles IX, the King of France. In 1802, François Chaussier, by his masterful description, gave nosological birth to neuralgia: 1) By the nature of the pain, which is at the same time acute, agonizing, sometimes and particulary at the beginning, with torpor or formication, more often with pulsations, throbbing and successive nagging, without flushing, without heat, without pressure and apparent swelling of the member, which returns in fits and starts more or less long and close together, frequently irregular, sometimes recurring; (...) 2) By the site of the pain, which is always fixed on a trunk, on a branch of the nerve, and which, at its height, propagates and shoots off from the primary point affected to all its ramifications, runs through them all like a flsh of lightning, right to the furthest extremities, follows them into their various connections, affects them, sometimes successively one after the other, somtimes all together, or which at other times limits itself more particulary to one or two its filaments. Rey, R. (1993). Histoire de la douleur. Paris: La Découverte. --Spicherc (talk) 16:54, 28 November 2009 (UTC)

Signs and Symptoms[edit]

The entry under this heading is neither a sign nor a symptom. A sign is something someone (like a doctor) can see, whereas a symptom is something the patient can describe. What's listed here is a couple of secondary effects, which describe nothing. ----4 August 2012 — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:55, 4 August 2012 (UTC)

Thanks for pointing this out. I've removed the section because you can't have a signs and symptoms for an article about a symptom, and it doesn't belong in any of the section titles listed for articles like this in the Medical Manual of Style. The text is also fairly self-evident. Graham87 04:06, 5 August 2012 (UTC)

Listing neuralgias[edit]

Feel free to add.

Neuralgias of the head and face IASP
  1. Trigeminal neuralgia (Tic douloureux)
  2. Secondary neuralgia (trigeminal) from central nervous system lesions (Arnold-Chiari syndrome)
  3. Secondary trigeminal neuralgia from facial trauma
  4. Acute herpes zoster neuralgia (trigeminal)
  5. Postherpetic neuralgia (trigeminal)
  6. Geniculate neuralgia (VIIth cranial nerve): Ramsay Hunt Syndrome
  7. Neuralgia of the nervus intermedius
  8. Glossopharyngeal neuralgia (IXth cranial nerve)
  9. Neuralgia of the superior laryngeal nerve (Vagus nerve neuralgia)
  10. Occipital neuralgia
  11. Hypoglossal neuralgia
  12. Glossopharyngeal pain from trauma
  13. Hypoglossal pain from trauma
  14. Tolosa-Hunt syndrome (painful ophthalmoplegia)
  15. SUNCT syndrome (shortlasting, unilateral, neuralgiform pain with conjunctival injection and tearing)
  16. Raeder’s syndrome (Raeder’s paratrigeminal syndrome)
  1. Intercostal neuralgia
  2. Vagus nerve neuralgia — Preceding unsigned comment added by Anthonyhcole (talkcontribs) 10:41, 7 January 2014