Trigeminal Neuralgia

Trigeminal Neuralgia

Trigeminal

Trigeminal Neuralgia is a chronic pain condition that affects the trigeminal nerve, which is responsible for stimulating muscles along the jaw and sensory fibers in the face. This condition typically causes intense pain that reverberates along the course of the trigeminal nerve in the face, making even the mildest stimulation excruciatingly painful. There is no cure for trigeminal neuralgia, but there are ways patients can manage pain with treatment.

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Trigeminal Neuralgia Causes

Trigeminal Neuralgia is caused by a disruption to the nerve’s function, which may have developed from a trauma between a blood vessel and the trigeminal nerve. This condition may occur as a result of aging, or by a chronic disorder such as multiple sclerosis that damages the myelin sheath protecting nerves. Less common causes of trigeminal neuralgia may include tumors compressing the trigeminal nerve, or a brain lesion.

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Trigeminal Neuralgia Symptoms

Symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia usually include occasional episodes of both mild and severe facial pain that feels similar to an electric shock. This pain may affect one or both sides of the face, and become more frequent and more intense overtime. Certain triggers, such as shaving, eating, drinking, brushing teeth, talking, putting on makeup, smiling or washing the face may also exacerbate pain symptoms.

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Trigeminal Neuralgia Treatments

Treatment for Trigeminal Neuralgia may include one or more therapies depending on the patient’s symptoms. A pain management physician may recommend the following:

The first step in treating your pain is to get an accurate diagnosis of the cause of your symptoms. Based on your diagnosis, you and your doctor can determine your best treatment options. At The Pain Center, we offer traditional and state-of-the-art therapies to treat your pain and help get you back to your normal activities.

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