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How can trigeminal neuralgia be treated?

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Dr. Virginia Simnad
Neurology 28 years experience
Yes: Generally trials of antiseizure medications can be beneficial. Some individuals fail such therapy and may otherwise benefit from neurosurgical procedures including gamma knife therapy.
Dr. Stephen Rodrigues
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I would NOT use a gamma knife. Anti-seizures do help. Think flesh/tissue and not nerves for face pain! Begin a self-care Wellness Program of Vits, Magnesium glycinate, sleep hygiene, self/pro Massage, chiropractor, heat, Epsom soaking, stretching. I use acupuncture!
Sep 9, 2012
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 35 years experience
Trigeminal neuralgia: Antiseziure medications such as tegretol have been used succesfully in the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia for many years, in most cases, these drugs work where others fail. Surgical options such as microvascular decompression have also been used very succesfuly in cases where medications fail.
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 34 years experience
Multiple approaches: Most start with anti-seizure medication (for pain!). May also try other "neurological" non-seizure medications, but traditional pain killers usually not effective. Many have tried acupuncture, biofeedback, homeopathic, electrical stimulation and diet, with mixed success. Surgical procedures helpful: microvascular decompression yields highest rates of remission, though others helpful.
Dr. Parag Parikh
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
Treat with meds : Medications should always be tried first,see a neurologist,,intractable neuralgia,may also be treated with alcohol injection of the ganglion,though not always effective,

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What is trigeminal neuralgia?

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Trigeminal neuralgia: It is pain along the distribution of the trigeminal nerve. Usually over the face , and mandible region.

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