What is intercostal neuralgia?
Intercostal nerves originate from thoracic spinal nerve roots. The anterior branch of the thoracic spinal nerve root, which sympathetically controls the chest and abdomen, when reaching the ribs, is called the intercostal nerve. The intercostal nerve runs along the ribs from the spine to the edge of the sternum.
Intercostal neuralgia is pain along the intercostal nerves. Often, patients feel chest tightness and chest pain, which then spreads along the path of the intercostal nerves to the paravertebral area. Depending on the cause, intercostal neuralgia can be continuous or episodic, the level of pain is often more intense when doing activities such as moving, changing positions, breathing deeply, doing heavy work, etc.
Causes of intercostal neuralgia
Intercostal neuralgia can be caused by infection, injury or another disease. Below are some of the main causes of intercostal neuralgia.
Spinal cord diseases such as myeloma and radiculoradiculoma.
Viral infections, most commonly caused by shingles.
Spinal tuberculosis, spinal cancer.
Spinal cord injury.
In addition to the above causes, cases of intercostal neuralgia without physical damage are called primary intercostal neuralgia. The cause of primary intercostal neuralgia can be due to too cold weather or after too much vigorous exercise.
Treatment of intercostal neuralgia
Symptoms of intercostal neuralgia according to Traditional Medicine fall within the category of Ty. According to Traditional Medicine, “unclear and clogged system” means when the blood does not circulate and stagnates, it will cause pain. There are two groups of causes of typhus: external causes and internal injuries. External causes of wind, cold, and rheumatism enter the body under favorable living conditions, working in damp conditions, being immersed in water, lack of nutrition, overwork, etc. Internal injuries are caused by kidney and liver failure. .
To treat intercostal neuralgia (or Ty in general), it is necessary to ‘clear the meridians’ and ‘activate the blood’ to restore blood circulation, thereby eliminating the pain. In “Yangyang Juan” – Hai Thuong Lan Ong, he often used the following herbs to treat diseases of the Rat: Hy thiem Thao, Ba Kich, Nguu Tat, Tam That, Sinh Dia…
To treat intercostal neuralgia, Western medicine often uses NSAIDs, anti-inflammatory glucocorticoids, muscle relaxants, peripheral analgesics, and 3B. These drugs should be used with caution in patients with hepatitis, a history of gastric or duodenal ulcers, and patients with myasthenia gravis. Besides, there are some drugs that affect the central nervous system, so in some cases you will feel dizzy or lightheaded after taking the drug.
Remedy treatment from medicinal herbs
To treat diseases of the Rat, there are many different Traditional Medicine remedies. Among them, the highlight is FENGSHI-OC rheumatism tablets of OPC company. This medicine is the inheritance of a remedy that has been used for a long time. The remedy is a unique combination of 4 medicinal herbs commonly used to treat rheumatism and bone and joint pain, including: Ma Tien, Hy Thiem, Five Family Bird’s Foot Skin and Tam That.
- Ma Tien: opens meridians, relieves pain, dispels swelling, eliminates rheumatism and paralysis, strengthens the spleen and stomach, strengthens tendons and bones.
- Hy Thiem: treats rheumatism, stimulates organs, tendons and bones, relieves pain, and also has the effect of reducing toxicity, sedation, and lowering blood pressure.
- Bird’s foot skin: promotes dryness, relieves swelling, relieves wind, eliminates rheumatism, strengthens tendons and bones, increases memory.
- Panax notoginseng: dispels stasis, generates new blood, reduces swelling, reduces pain.
FENGSHI-OPC rheumatism tablets are a rare drug on the market that successfully combines the above 4 medicinal herbs and is produced on a modern production line meeting GMP-WHO standards. Clinical trial results at the City Institute of Traditional Medicine and Pharmacy. Ho Chi Minh City showed that FENGSHI-OPC rheumatism tablets have the effect of reducing pain, numbing, anti-inflammation, muscle relaxation, and reducing joint movement limits in patients with extra-articular rheumatism and multi-muscle rheumatism. FENGSHI-OPC rheumatism tablets are used in the treatment of intercostal neuralgia, shoulder pain, neck pain, limb pain, back pain, and joint pain.