The tingling and burning sensations of nerve pain are very different from the soreness and aches you might feel from muscle pain. Muscle pain is caused by a physical injury, such as a fall, and disappears once the injury has healed. It can also be treated with many common pain medications, including medicine you buy over the counter.
On the other hand, nerve pain doesn't seem to be caused by any event or trauma and often results in a constant or recurring pain. Over-the-counter pain medicine isn't strong enough to make nerve pain go away.
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