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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.

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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 are ...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!

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Does trigeminal neuralgia start mildly and then progresses? Or it starts suddenly with the serious stabbing?

Trigem neuralgia: The presentation is variable. See your neurologist for an examination in order to secure the diagnosis

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Severe facial pain for 4 mos, diagnosis of sinus probs & toothache. Currently have severe facial swelling. Could this be trigeminal neuralgia?

Dangerous condition: Severe facial swelling is not found with trigeminal neuralgia. This is likely caused by an infected (abcessed) tooth. Infection in the head and neck region is a serious condition. You should seek medical/dental care immediately.

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My doctor told me that "trigeminal neuralgia is a severe spastic, lancinating facial pain due to a disorder of the 5th cranial nerve." What does this mean?

My doctor told me that "trigeminal neuralgia is a severe spastic, lancinating facial pain due to a disorder of the 5th cranial nerve." What does this mean?

It's dictionary time: Clearly you haven't bothered to look up the meanings of the terms used. "Trigeminal" refers to the 5th cranial nerve; "neur + algia" = nerve + pain; lancinating = stabbing. You can figure this out. Look up trigeminal neuralgia. Definitely look at pictures. This is not beyond your comprehension. You're not doing yourself any favors by wanting it spoon-fed to you. Self-education is empowering.

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Father has MS has severe trigeminal neuralgia to the point of not being able to eat. His neurologist has him on med00s not working ideas/places?

Father has MS has severe trigeminal neuralgia to the point of not being able to eat. His neurologist has him on med00s not working ideas/places?

Gamma knife: If your dad has maxed out on medical therapy (typically medications such as carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine, gabapentin, phenytoin, baclofen, etc) then he should be referred to a neurosurgeon with expertise in gamma knife surgery. You should be able to locate such a specialist in any major metropolitan area, often affiliated with a university. Good luck; it is a very painful condition.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Can anyone get trigeminal neuralgia?

Yes: Unfortunately. While usually seen in older adults, tn can occur at any age, even children. There is a role for compression of the trigeminal nerve, usually by a blood vessel. This can be seen on a high quality mri. There is nothing known about how to prevent it. There is ongoing work into the genetics of this disorder.

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Trigeminal neuralgia means pain where?

Trigeminal neuralgia: trigeminal neuralgia involves the face, usually on just one side and can involved the forehead, eye, cheek and jaw. Bilateral TN is usually only seen in patients with MS.

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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.

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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.

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What can cause trigeminal neuralgia (tn)?

Unclear: Different reasons: viral, inflammatory, and most of the time it's not clear.

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How can trigeminal neuralgia be diagnosed?

Clinical diagnosis: Syndrome of extreme facial pain in the absence of numbness or other objective findings, characterized by paroxysms of sharp stabbing pain in one of the divisions of the trigeminal nerve. Onset in mid->latter life, slighty greater f>m. Between paroxysms patient is pain free, paroxysm may last 15 min or more, many times/day. Trigger zone when stimulated sets off a paroxysm. Rarely bilateral.

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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

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What are the causes of trigeminal neuralgia?

Several: Most commonly, there is a blood vessel that touches the trigeminal nerve and causes the covering of the nerve to wear off. This results in abnormal nerve transmission and pain. Much less commonly, there could be compression of the nerve by a mass or tumor.

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