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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is neuralgic atrophy?

Neuralgic amyotrophy is a disorder of the nervous system characterized by sharp, continuous pain in the arm, shoulder and/or neck. It can be either hereditary or idiopathic (unknown cause). The exact disease mechanism is unknown, but could be autoimmune (immune system attacks the body's own tissues), genetics or external factors (e.g. infections, medications) factors. It's more common in men.

Symptoms of neuralgic atrophy

  • Shoulder pain

  • Arm pain

  • Weakness in arms or legs

  • Weakness on one side of the body

  • Recent weight loss

  • The arm and leg on one side is weaker and harder to move than the other

  • Pain in the arms and/or legs

Questions your doctor may ask to check for neuralgic atrophy

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose neuralgic atrophy

  • Do you have shoulder pain?

  • Do you have pain in the arms?

  • Do you feel any weakness in your arms or legs?

  • Are you unable to move the left or right side of your body?

  • Have you lost weight recently?

Treatment for neuralgic atrophy

Treatment involves medication to manage pain, rehabilitation of the affected limb(s) and avoidance of excessive strain .

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