Paroxysms

Some patients complain of shooting, electric shock-like, or stabbing pain that occurs spontaneously or, more often, following stimulation. These types of pain are termed "paroxysms" and can be elicited by an innocuous tactile stimulus or by blunt pressure. In their most typical form, paroxysms are seen in tic douloureux, where they dominate the clinical picture; it is characteristic that non-noxious tactile inputs elicit these paroxysms, while noxious stimuli fail to do so.

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