algesi-, alge-, alges-, algesio-, algi-, algio-, -algesia, -algesic, -algetic, -algic, -algia, -algy

(Greek: pain, sense of pain; painful; hurting)

Used actively in medical terminology to denote a condition of sensitivity to pain as specified by the combining root.

podalgia, pedionalgia, pedioneuralgia
1. Pain in one foot or both feet. Such foot pains may be a result of gout or rheumtism, among other causes.
2. Pain in the sole of a foot or both feet; also, pododynia, tarsalgia.
polyalgesia, polyalgesic
A disorder in which a single painful stimulus produces the sensation of multiple painful stimuli.
polymyalgia
Myalgia (muscle pain) affecting several muscles or muscle groups simultaneously.
polyneuralgia
Neuralgia (acute spasmodic pain) of several nerves simultaneously.
proctalgia
Pain at the anus, or in the rectum; also, proctodynia, rectalgia.
prosopalgia, prosopalgic, prosoponeuralgia
Trigeminal neuralgia (cranial nerve).
prostatalgia
Pain in the area of the prostate gland.
prostatalgia, prostatodynia
Pain in the prostate; some authorities limit usage to pain of unknown origin; such as, that seen in nonbacterial prostatitis.

A type of inflammation of the prostate which is not a result of bacterial infection and in which there are no objective findings; such as, the presence of infection-fighting cells, in the urine of men who suffer from the disease. The prostate is a walnut-

Prostatodynia is typically a chronic, painful disease. The symptoms (including chills, fever, pain in the lower back and genital area, body aches, burning or painful urination, and the frequent and urgent need to urinate) characteristically go away and then come back without warning.

The urine and fluid from the prostate reveal no evidence of a known infecting organism or of cells that the body usually produces to fight infection.

Apparently treatment is ineffective. Therapy with antibiotics and with drugs that relax the muscles of the prostate gland is often attempted and fails.

psychalgia
1. Distress attending a mental effort, noted especially in melancholia; also, algopsychalia, mind pain; and phrenalgia, psychalgalia, soul pain.
2. Mental distress marked by auditory and visual hallucinations, often associated with melancholia.
3. Discomfort or pain, usually in the head, which accompanies mental activity (obsessions, hallucinations, etc.), and is recognized by the patient as being emotional in origin. Psychalgia is also used to refer to any psychogenic pain disorder.
psychroalgia, psychralgia
1. A painful sensation of cold.
2. A morbid state characterized by painful subjective sensations of cold.
pternalgia
Pain in the heel.
ptoalgia
Pain caused by or resulting from some emotional origin.
pulpalgia
1. Toothache or sensitivity of the dental pulp.
2. Pain arising from dental pulp.
pygalgia (s) (noun), pygalgias (pl)
1. Soreness in the buttocks, i.e., a pain in the rump.
2. Related to proctalgia or pain in the rectum.
rachialgia
Pain in the vertebral column or spine.

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