Facial Pain (Neuralgia)

What Is Neuralgia?

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What are the Symptoms of Neuralgia?

Depending on the type of neuralgia that you have, the symptoms can vary greatly from nerve pain in the face, ear, neck, and eye. Each type of nerve dysfunction leads to pain in specific places, for particular neuralgia symptoms.

For postherpetic neuralgia, the pain will reside in the site of a previous shingles rash. The pain can be anything from a mild ache to extreme pain. It tends to be described as a burning sensation and can last years after the shingles outbreak.

Trigeminal neuralgia is a dysfunction of the nerve that lies between the brain and face. Therefore patients with this type of pain tend to have pain that radiates from one side of their face often caused by touching of the face. Even things like brushing teeth or eating can cause intense amounts of pain.

Glossopharyngeal neuralgia causes pain to radiate from the throat or tonsil region. It can also cause pain to radiate from a part of the ear.

Occipital neuralgia is also a nerve dysfunction that affects the neck region. It can cause pain to radiate from the back of the head as well. The pain is usually described as sharp and excruciating.

What are the Causes of Neuralgia?

The causes of neuralgia differ greatly depending on the type that is being experienced. The nerve dysfunction can be caused by things from viruses like shingles to physical injuries or even tumors. If you are feeling a constant or recurring pain that can range from throbbing to piercing, you might be suffering from a type of facial neuralgia.

By scheduling a consultation with our multi-disciplinary team of neurosurgeons here in Long Island, NY, you can begin solving your chronic pain problem. Our skilled physicians can guide you through your choices of innovative treatments that include everything from physical therapy to surgery. Our top doctors and surgeons are here to make sure you get the best life possible

State-of-the-Art Facial Pain Treatments at NSPC, in Long Island

The nerve and facial pain specialists at NSPC’s premier medical centers on Long Island and the greater New York area can offer you top-notch treatment for facial nerve pain.

Take a look at one a testimonial from one of our clients about her trigeminal neuralgia treatment:

Don’t suffer through chronic facial pain. Come in today to speak to a neuralgia specialist to get the attention and care you need to move forward to a pain-free future. We can help prevent pain from running your life.

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Trigeminal Neuralgia and Face Pain Center

Our medical and surgical doctors team up for improved quality of life for those with chronic facial pain such as trigeminal neuralgia. At NSPC, our staff of pain specialists works to develop a comprehensive treatment plan specific to you. Proper diagnosis and innovative treatments such as restorative surgical procedures — can be transformative, find out for yourself.


Michael Brisman

M.D., F.A.C.S.


Brian Snyder

M.D., F.A.N.N.S.


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