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Dx. Atypical TN. Possibly shingles virus on the trigeminal nerve. If shingles why did ENT not prescribe an anti-viral med?

Dx. Atypical TN. Possibly shingles virus on the trigeminal nerve. If shingles why did ENT not prescribe an anti-viral med?

Possible Shingles: Only your Ear Nose Doctor can answer this question. "Possibly shingles" means the diagnosis was questionable. If testing was done and confirmed shingles the treatment was probably indicated. Give your doctor a call to clarify and answer your question. Good luck

Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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Does migraine affect the trigeminal nerve?

Does migraine affect the trigeminal nerve?

Migraines: The function of the trigeminal nerve should remain normal in patients with migraines (good facial sensation and good masseter muscle strength). However, it is the trigeminal nerve the main neural structure implied in the mechanism of migraine. A cascade of neuro-inflammatory response on the trigeminal nerve is what ultimately mediates the pain in migraine sufferers.

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Can Maxalt (rizatriptan) work on the Trigeminal Nerve?

Can Maxalt (rizatriptan) work on the Trigeminal Nerve?

For migraine...: ...there are theories that the trigeminal nerve is involved. Maxalt (rizatriptan) works to decrease and stop abnormal firing and release of certain chemicals that cause the migraine pain. For the more typical trigeminal disease, trigeminal neuralgia, Maxalt (rizatriptan) does not have any effect because the mechanism of pain is different. Good question!

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Please describe ways to help ease trigeminal nerve pain?

Trigger?: Modify or decrease the trigger agent. Trigeminal nerve pain usually has a trigger; such as when brushing the teeth, brushing the face lightly, or air blowing on the face. Certain medications like Carbamazepine can assist in relieving the painful jolts. Surgery- microvascular decompression can also help in refractory cases.

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Could acupressure cause facial pain from the trigeminal nerve?

Could acupressure cause facial pain from the trigeminal nerve?

Possibly: It is possible if the nerve is irritated. You may need to go to the doctors to be evaluated to make sure you have normal nerve function.

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What would cause pinched facial or trigeminal nerve? Could ergonomics be a factor?

What would cause pinched facial or trigeminal nerve? Could ergonomics be a factor?

See neurologist: Trigeminal nerve or facial nerve neuralgia. Episodic neuropathic pain disorders are characterized by sudden volleys of intense, sharp stabbing pain of short duration that occur along the unilateral distribution of the involved nerve (Trigeminal or Facial). Ergonomics has no role in this complex neurologic disorder.

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Can you compress trigeminal nerve in sleep after too much alcohol? Been 6 months...

Can you compress trigeminal nerve in sleep after too much alcohol? Been 6 months...

Doubtful: If you think you have a problem with your facial nerves, or issues with too much alcohol, you need to see your doctor and address both. I have never seen or heard of sleep caused trigeminal nerve disorder.

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What diseases affect trigeminal nerve?

What diseases affect trigeminal nerve?

Numb face: May relate to Trigeminal nerve involvement, such as Neuropathy from excess alcohol, Diabetes, vitamin deficiency, electrolyte imbalance, MS, Trauma, Migraines, Shingles, Focal seizures, Hypothyroidism, Psychogenic, or Iatrogenic (unknown causes).

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My wife suffers from trigeminal nerve Malk happened a year ago. It was happening for several days and then go away for several months. And now contin?

My wife suffers from trigeminal nerve Malk happened a year ago. It was happening for several days and then go away for several months. And now contin?

Trigeminal nerve: The most common form of paroxysmal orofacial pain is trigeminal neuralgia. Typically, a pain attack is accompanied by tic-like cramps or involuntary spasms of the facial muscles ("tic douloureux"), and often leads to a complaint of muscle pain. See a neurologist for evaluation, tests, imaging and treatment.

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Canthe trigeminal nerve cause sensationlike lpr? Trying to make senseof it alldoc thinks its the trigeminalnervergiving me theheadaches and acid reflux

Canthe trigeminal nerve cause sensationlike lpr? Trying to make senseof it alldoc thinks its the trigeminalnervergiving me theheadaches and acid reflux

Abbreviation "lpr? ": Sorry, I'm not understanding what you are trying to ask with the abbreviation "lpr." There are known relationships between the trigeminal nerve and certain forms of headaches. There are also ASSOCIATIONS between GERD and migraines, however, the mechansim of cause and effect remains under discussion. Medications used to treat GERD can cause severe headaches as well...consider that...All the best.

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Will the trigeminal nerve ever heal if damaged?

Maybe: One others causes of trigeminal neuralgia occurs because the nerve was damaged and heals I appropriately causing the pain. It can repair itself to have no pain but usually takes time.

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My wife suffers from pain in trigeminal nerve. Can you give me email to explain her case. Please help me.

Tough one: Trigeminal neuralgia (pain to the face from the 5th cranial nerve) is very difficult to treat, and is quite debilitating. See a neurologist, as they will know the correct and most effective treatments. I'm sorry she has this, but I hope seeing a neurologist will help!

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My wife suffers from trigeminal nerve happened a year ago. It was happening for several days and then go away for several months. And now continue.

Trigeminal Neuralgia: Has she has an MRI (rule out MS, or compressive pathology)? How was diagnosis made? This may be a debilitating condition, but she may achieve relief with certain medications (Tricyclics, anticonvulsants), injections or surgery as the surgeon (ENT or neurosurg) sees fit. Seek expert medical help for your wife. Her quality of life depends on it.

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Can unsuccessful root canal (tooth still pains) cause damage to trigeminal nerve?

Can unsuccessful root canal (tooth still pains) cause damage to trigeminal nerve?

Failed RCT: A failed root canal can become infected and infections can spread in bone and cause destruction to surrounding bone and tissues. Therefore, it requires prompt treatment-- either re-treatment, surgery or extraction of tooth. See an Endodontist for an evaluation and to discuss treatment options.

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Daily migraine 4-6 pm right side follows trigeminal nerve taking Imitrex (sumatriptan) sometimes 2x do I need a neuro consult?

MD or DDS?: Could be what used to be called trigeminal neuralgia and this can often be diagnosed and treated by a specially trained neuromuscular dentist, although clearance from a neurologist/md is always a good idea at first.

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Are both cluster headaches and migraines related to the trigeminal nerve? If so, how are they related? How does the trigeminal nerve affect one's head

Are both cluster headaches and migraines related to the trigeminal nerve? If so, how are they related? How does the trigeminal nerve affect one's head

Superb questions!: You are apparently young and smart. This could be a good research project for you. Cluster headache, like trigeminal neuralgia, produces what is called a "neuralgiform" pain syndrome (no space for details). Migraine is different. But both are neurological syndromes. The exact biological differences are poorly defined. "Cortical spreading depression" is more typical of migraine.

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Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

A painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post-herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more


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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

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