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Is it possble that a toothache cause trigeminal neuralgia?

Is it possble that a toothache cause trigeminal neuralgia?

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 more

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Dr. James Marx
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Neuralgia (Definition)

Neuralgia is a condition in which there is a sharp, unexpected pain along a nerve that is due to the irritation and damage of that nerve. Chemicals, diseases such as diabetes, medications, previous surgery, and trauma are potential causes of neuralgia. Numbness and weakness of the muscles supplied by the ...Read more


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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?

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?

Unpredictable: Some people have an episode of trigeminal neuralgia and never have another. The longer the time between an initial episode and any subsequent one diminishes the likelihood that it will recur. Unfortunately, it is not all that predictable. ...Read more

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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, ?

Information: Trigeminal neuralgia is not all that common. It is entirely possible the a nurse may not have heard about it. However, if the hurse has been associated with a neurologist, or neurosurgeon, then for sure she would know about it. ...Read more

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Isn't there a test of some sort to tell if you've got trigeminal neuralgia?

No: Trig neuralgia is diagnosed based upon the history and the description of the pain. An MRI may show the loop of a blood vessel next to the trig nerve. This is thought to be the cause but you may still have tn even if the MRI does not show anything as the vessels are quite small. ...Read more

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If carbamazepine isn't working to treat my trigeminal neuralgia, what is a good drug to try next?

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 more

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How is trigeminal neuralgia diagnosed?

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 more

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How can trigeminal neuralgia be treated?

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. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia?

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 more

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What are symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia (tn)?

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 more

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Dr. Krishna Kumar
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Nerve Pain (Definition)

Neuralgia is a sharp, shocking pain that follows the path of a nerve and is due to irritation or ...Read more


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Trigeminal Neuralgia (Definition)

Trigeminal neuralgia is a nerve disorder characterized by sharp, stabbing ...Read more