Neuralgia (nerve pain) is any kind of pain that is felt along a nerve path. Often times, neuralgia originates in the peripheral nervous system and it can create feelings of numbness, burning, pins-and-needles, muscle weakness/paralysis and increased sensitivity. These symptoms can be caused by an injury or an illness that affects the whole body.

The most typical type of neuralgia is trigeminal neuralgia, a form that affects one of the cranial nerves of the central nervous system. This form creates excruciating facial pain that feels like an electric shock or burning sensation. This severe pain makes daily activities such as eating or brushing one's teeth dreadful.

Any body part can be affected by neuralgia and it is most common in people over the age of 60. There are a number of treatments for neuralgia, including medication, surgery and shots, as well as massage and acupuncture.