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How is trigeminal neuralgia diagnosed?

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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Dr. Paul Grin
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Trigeminal Neuralgia (Definition)

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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What is trigeminal neuralgia?

Type of facial pain: Electrical shocks in region of trigeminal nerve of face. Severe, intermittent, debilitating pain. Some have more constant pain. 70% controlled by tegretol. Some require nerve destructive procedures, focused radiation, or separation of blood vessel from trigeminal nerve. ...Read more

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What is trigeminal neuralgia?

What is trigeminal neuralgia?

Sharp pain: It is a sharp pain usually located on one side of the face. Although it is a nerve pain, it's cause can also be confused with things like a tooth ache or muscle pain. If you are experiencing this type of pain see a doctor who can diagnose any of these conditions. ...Read more

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What is the cure for trigeminal neuralgia?

What is the cure for trigeminal neuralgia?

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 more

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What is the cure for trigeminal neuralgia?

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 more

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What is postherpetic neuralgia?

Nerve Damage: A painful condition that follows a bout of shingles or herpes zoster. This occurs in people that have had chicken pox earlier in life when the virus reactivates in their nervous system..An immunization is available for patients over 50 to reduce the chance of this reactivation happening. Condition is not generally seen in younger people unless they are immunocompromised or under unusual stress. ...Read more

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Is toothache a common problem for person with trigeminal neuralgia?

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Is toothache a common problem for person with trigeminal neuralgia?

Yes: Depending on where your neuralgia is located , your pain can feel like it originates in a tooth, even if the tooth is healthy. A dentist can test a tooth to see if there is indeed pathology. Also, there are medications used to manage pain from tn that may help you ...Read more

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What surgery for trigeminal neuralgia is the best?

What surgery for trigeminal neuralgia is the best?

MVD: Microvascular decompression to separate the nerve from the vascular structure (usually an artery or vein) pressing on it. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms common to trigeminal neuralgia?

Trigeminal neuralgia: Tn is localized to one side of the face. The pain comes on suddenly, some describe the pain as electric-like and literally stops one from doing anything. The pain is sudden and severe and then goes away. The pain is usually triggered by touching a certain spot on the face. Brushing the teeth, rubbing the face, sudden changes in temperature can all make the pain worse. ...Read more

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Is trigeminal neuralgia very serious?

Is trigeminal neuralgia very serious?

YES! If not treated.: Tn is a specific name to a type of facial pain. It can take a few doctors visits to get a final ruling. Don't wait it is not cancer but the pain can make you wish you were dead! 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! ...Read more

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Is there a likely correlation between glossopharegial neuralgia and trigeminal neuragia?

Aberrant vessels: Both trigeminal neuralgia and glossopharygeal neuralgia are related in that they are usually caused by a prominent or tortuous vessel coming off the vertebro-basilar artery system. These vessels are more prominent and "dig" into these nerves thus leading to a pain syndrome. Treatment for both is often with neurosurgical microvascular decompression--that is, padding the nerves from the vessel. ...Read more

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Is referred pain a common occurance with Trigeminal Neuralgia?

Is referred pain a common occurance with Trigeminal Neuralgia?

NO: Trigeminal neuralgia is an intense focalized facial pain lasting over a period of a few seconds. I do not understand what you are asking, as you do not express where the "referred pain" is localized. But, generically, and classically, the attacks of facial pain are localized, focalized, and relatively stereotypical. ...Read more

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Is it possble that a toothache cause trigeminal neuralgia?

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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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What is occipital neuralgia complex?

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Occipital neuralgia: Occipital neuralgia is a neurological condition in which the occipital nerves (the nerves run from the top of the cervical spine up through the scalp) are inflamed or injured. Occipital neuralgia is characterized by severe pain that begins in the upper neck and back of the head as well as chronic headache. ...Read more

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What is the best medication for trigeminal neuralgia aside from tegretol?

There are a number: Gabapentin and trileptal are common. Clonazepam, Dilantin and Baclofen are less effective. Some a combination of these meds are used. ...Read more

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What is the best procudure for trigeminal neuralgia ?

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 more

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Is trigeminal neuralgia a symptom of multiple sclerosis?

Is trigeminal neuralgia a symptom of multiple sclerosis?

Possibly: Trigeminal neuralgia in a younger adult may be caused by multiple sclerosis. However, there must be more than just trigeminal neuralgia to define definite ms. History of other suspicious symptoms, abnormalities on neuro exam other than just trigeminal neuralgia and supplemental diagnostic studies will better define the suspicion for ms. ...Read more

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What is the the cause / causes of trigeminal neuralgia. Is it a life long illness?

Trigeminal neuralgia: The most common form of paroxysmal orofacial pain is TN. When a demonstrable structural lesion such as a tumor (e.g., meningioma), vascular malformation or demyelinating disease (multiple sclerosis) has been identified, TN is classified as symptomatic. When the cause of TN is unknown, it is classified as idiopathic. See an orofacial pain specialist for diagnosis and management. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
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Neuralgia (Definition)

Can also be described as neuropathic pain or "nerve pain" which can occur anywhere in the body. It can also be due to many disorders such as direct nerve damage, diabetes, ...Read more


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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