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Bells Palsy Vs Trigeminal Neuralgia
Yes and no: True Bell's palsy and true trigeminal neuralgia are unrelated. You likely have 'something' going on causing recurring facial paralysis and trigeminal compression. Lymes disease a possibility. Also need a high quality MRI of head and skull base. Start with a neurologist or ENT and go from there. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
...is a corruption of French "paralise" from Latinized Greek "paralysis." In the old days it meant any kind of persistent weakness. To this day Parkinson's disease is also called "paralysis agitans" which is a Latin translation of Dr. Parkinson's original name for it, the "shaking palsy." We've obviously reborrowed the full form "paralysis" into English as well; today ...Read more
Is bell's palsy and trigeminal neuralgia similar? I suffered with bells palsy in 2012 and I'm suffering with symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia. Help?
Hx of bell's palsy and trigeminal neuralgia. Mult episodes of facial weakness w/ right sided weakness. Neg for ms. Hyper reflexes right side. Help?
Some thoughts: What kind of help do you need? It is good if you do not have MS. Stroke and MS are the most likely to cause symptoms of weakness of the right face, arm and leg. Proper evaluation for these conditions and their risk factors should be done by a physician in a clinic or a hospital. A rare cause of these could also be hemiplegic migraine. Do you get headaches with these? ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Trileptal: is reported to be effective for trigeminal neuralgia. Some clinicians now prefer to use oxcarbazepine (Trileptal) as their first line drug for trigeminal neuralgia because of its reduced side effect profile. Unfortunately, about half of TN sufferers eventually become dissatisfied with medical therapy, explore surgical options. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
I'm on carbamazepine for about a week or so and I don't like it. I'm taking it for Trigeminal Neuralgia, can I stop taking it since I haven't been on ?
Careful: Hi, Thank you for your question. You haven't been on it too long to build a physical dependence but you should still discuss with your PCP this decision. They can start you on another medication at the same time. Hope that helps..contact me if you have any other questions :-) Dr. M ...Read more
Clinical exam: Trigeminal neuralgia is a condition where sharp, electrical pain affects the face along one or more of the three branches of the trigeminal nerve. There is typical and atypical types of trigeminal neuralgia. Your neurosurgeon or neurologist should be able to examine you and make a diagnosis. Brain MRI scans are usually done to make sure there are no tumors or ms. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sudden, sore, sided: Trigeminal Neuralgia is characterised by sharp, electric type pains, or spasms usually on one side of face lasting seconds to minutes, recurring repeatedly for some days or weeks then settling for some months. Thought to be caused by compression of the trigeminal nerve by a blood vessel it is most common in >50s. Diagnosis with Dr, for other causes see patient.info/doctor/trigeminal-neuralgia-pro ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
TN symptoms are : The attacks usually occur in brief paroxysms of electric shock-like, sharp (lancinating), stabbing, burning pain lasting a few seconds to one or two minutes which are separated by pain-free intervals of varying lengths.The pain is excruciating in intensity. Typically, a pain attack is accompanied by tic-like cramps or involuntary spasms of the facial muscles ("tic douloureux"). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: It would depend upon general health. If the person is relatively young and healthy, then mvd has the best results (only procedure that preserves the nerve). Older and people with significant health risks may consider balloon compression, or some of the other destructive procedures. Some find the gamma knife attractive, though success rate is 60%, and doesn't usually begin working for 6 weeks. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends which Dr.: Many drs rely only on pain meds to control trigeminal neuralgia.Some use surgery to cushion a nerve.More recently (though little known) neuroprolotherapy has been found to help.It consists of injections of 5% glucose near the affected nerve(s) which calms it.I have yet to see if effect is permanent, but my pts like it.Also osteopathic cranial manipulation helps some.So, depends on Dr's training. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cure for TN: There is no cure for TN. Current state of the art dictates that all patients should be treated initially with medication. But if a patient becomes refractory to medical management or develops serious side effects to medication, surgical intervention should be considered. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
The opposite is true: "There is one disease of the Jaws which seems in reality to have no connection with the Teeth, but of which the Teeth are generally suspected to be the cause. As simple pain demonstrates nothing, a Tooth is often suspected, is perhaps drawn out; but still the pain continues, with this difference however, that it now seems to be in the root of the next Tooth". John Hunter (1778). It is true today. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
A few years ago i was diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia. I don't have it anymore. What are the chances of my tn coming back?
Why don't nurses know about trigeminal neuralgia.I had a septoplasty to see if it would relieve it.Not one nurse knew what it was, ?
Anticonvulsant drug: Carbamazepine was found to be effective for trigeminal neuralgia and has been the most prescribed medication for management this disorder. A relatively new anticonvulsant, Neurontin, (gabapentin) is now considered a first line drug for trigeminal neuralgia along with carbamazepine. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not usually: Newer leading research indicates that it is an enlarged blood vessel - possibly the superior cerebellar artery - compressing or throbbing against the microvasculature of the trigeminal nerve near its connection with the pons. Such a compression can injure the nerve's protective myelin sheath and cause erratic and hyperactive functioning of the nerve. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is a condition that causes repeated (recurring) severe pains in parts of your face. It usually affects people aged over 50. Treatment with a medicine called carbamazepine usually works well to stop the pains. Surgery is an option if medication does not work, or if side-effects from the medicine ...Read more
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