Your primary care physician, a neurologist, or a pain specialist may be involved in your care.
Certain medicines sometimes help reduce pain and the rate of attacks. These medicines include:
Some patients may need surgery to relieve pressure on the nerve. Techniques include:
How well you do depends on the cause of the problem. If there is no underlying disease, some people find that treatment provides at least partial relief.
However, the pain may become constant and severe in some patients.
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