5. Postherpetic Neuralgia
It’s the pain that lingers in about 10% of patients who come down with shingles, the mature version of chickenpox. (After you have chickenpox, the virus lies dormant in your brain and spinal cord and may re-activate as shingles as you age.) “When the shingles rash goes away, some patients are left with burning nerve pain that’s difficult to treat,” says Mackey. (Feel better starting today with Rodale’s The Thyroid Cure, a new book that’s helped thousands of people finally solve the mystery of what’s ailing them.)
4. Trigeminal Neuralgia
Infections, tumors, and other conditions can trigger this pain in the trigeminal nerve, which carries sensation from your face to your brain. “Patients describe it as feeling their face is on fire,” says Kim. The pain tends to be throbbing, and in some cases, occurs every few minutes with the right side of the face most often being affected. One of the go-to treatments: anti-seizure medication.