Trigemial neuralgia is a chronic condition that can be extremely painful. The condition affects the trigeminal nerve, which carries sensation from your face to your brain. If you have trigeminal neuralgia, everyday tasks such as brushing your teeth and washing your face may trigger a jolt of acute pain. Living with this condition can be difficult, but you're not doomed to a life of pain. With proper treatment and support, you can control your symptoms.
Symptoms may include severe stabbing or jabbing pain that may feel like an electric shock; spontaneous attacks triggered by touching the face; constant aching and burning; and pain in the cheeks, jaws, teeth, or gums. Bouts of pain can last from a few seconds or minutes to hours, days, and weeks. Many of the attacks become more intense and frequent over time.
Trigeminal neuralgia typically happens when the trigeminal nerve's function is disrupted by an artery or vein. This contact puts pressure on the nerve and causes it to malfunction. It can also occur as a result of aging, or it can be related to a disorder like multiple sclerosis, which damages the myelin sheath that protects certain nerves. A small percentage of cases may be caused by tumors, brain lesions, or other abnormalities.
After a neurological examination and other tests, your doctor will determine the best course of treatment. This could include medications, injections, or surgery. Unfortunately, many of the medications have unpleasant side effects, which can be frustrating. Some patients have found success with alternative treatments like acupuncture, biofeedback, and nutritional therapy.
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