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Dr. Paul Grin
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Trigeminal Neuralgia (Overview)

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 a problem. Http://patient. Info/health/trigeminal-neuralgia-leaflet


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Trigeminal neuralgia means pain where?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Paul Grin
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Trigeminal Neuralgia (Overview)

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 a problem. Http://patient. Info/health/trigeminal-neuralgia-leaflet


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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 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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Is trigeminal neuralgia in young adults always a sign of impending ms? I'm 28 and have had tn for a little over 2 years.

Is trigeminal neuralgia in young adults always a sign of impending ms? I'm 28 and have had tn for a little over 2 years.

No,: The neuralgias, or nerve pains are among the common MS symptoms. One of these is trigeminal neuralgia which causes severe electrical shock-like pain. TN rarely occurs bilaterally; when it does, it is usually secondary to multiple sclerosis. ...Read more

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How do you test for trigeminal neuralgia?

How do you test for trigeminal neuralgia?

No specific test: Tests that are performed are merely to rule out the presence of underlying factors such as multiple sclerosis or a tumor. A full exam is performed. After discussion of type and location of the pain, your doctor will eliminate possible causes. If it warrants further investigation, MRI may be ordered. ...Read more

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Pain, numbness in face, Neurologist says after tests, cause is stress. He referred me to ENT, he says I have Trigeminal neuralgia. Who do I believe?

Pain, numbness in face, Neurologist says after tests, cause is stress. He referred me to ENT, he says I have Trigeminal neuralgia. Who do I believe?

See Orofacial Pain: Practitioner for a second opinion. They are the experts in facial pain and numbness. In many cases, seeking a second opinion is not only warranted, but necessary. Unless your disease is life threatening and requires emergency care, it is never a bad idea to seek a second opinion. Getting a second opinion helps you feel more confident about your diagnosis and treatment plan. ...Read more

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What can cause trigeminal neuralgia (tn)?

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

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Will Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pk help pain from trigeminal neuralgia?? If not does it mean that it is something else? On it 3 days now not much relief

Neuralgia: A steroid treatment will help symptoms to some extent, but neuralgia is often treated with gabapentin. Trigeminal neuralgia can be associated with a "vascular loop" a blood vessel causing a constriction of the 5th nerve, so sometimes a neurosurgical procedure can be done to help. Make sure of the diagnosis with a complete evaluation with imaging like MRI/MRA. See a neurologist and neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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What medicines can be used to treat trigeminal neuralgia?

What medicines can be used to treat trigeminal neuralgia?

Multiple: You can try traditional approach with tegretol, trileptal, neurontin, (gabapentin) etc., or alternative with acupuncture, homeopathy, herbs. ...Read more

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What type of doctor treats trigeminal neuralgia? Pain on right side of my tongue and awhile back right side of face.

A Medical Doctor: Pain from trigeminal neuralgia can result from more than one source. You need to find a physician who is very familiar with this disorder. Evaluation and treatment may require several different approaches before arriving at a satisfactory solution. I would suggest beginning with a neurologist. ...Read more

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A trigeminal neuralgia treated with radiofrecuency and present, there is another treatment?

Yes.: Medication management is often sufficient to treat trigeminal neuralgia and should be used as a first-line treatment. When this fails other invasive treatments can be tried such as radiofrequency lesioning or a gamma knife procedure. ...Read more

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Are there any effective treatments for trigeminal neuralgia?

Are there any effective treatments for trigeminal neuralgia?

Yes: Antiseizure medications are first line. There are also miscellaneous brain drugs that may work. Important to balance pain relieving dose vs. Potential side effects. Microvascular decompression highly effective. Can try gamma knife surgery, as well as nerve destructive procedures. Important to find a doctor well versed in these treatments. ...Read more

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Can trigeminal neuralgia be cured by naturopathy? Or by doing acupressure on ones index finger?

No: Please read http://www. Quackwatch. Com/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/Naturopathy/naturopathy. Html. I am not trying to discredit the other docs' answers. I am trying to encourage you not to allow yourself to be hoodwinked by uncritically accepting just any unfounded claim that appeals to you. Think critically. The facts are what they are, not what you want them to be. ...Read more

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What is the most effective treatment for the pain of trigeminal neuralgia?

Tough Problem: This problem is tough to treat. But the approved treatments which may or may not be the "best" treatments usually involve tegretol, the "spinal cord" muscle relaxants, nerve blocks and ablation. ...Read more

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I've got trigeminal neuralgia it's been in remission I've got flare ups strong today. Will a pain pill help. I'm on 150 Trileptal 1 daily.?

Talk to personal doc: Trigeminal neuralgia flares can be exceedingly painful and often require medication to provide pain relief. The type of pain medication used for flares varies from physician to physician and also varies based on your other medical comorbidities. Call your personal physician for recommendations. ...Read more

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Why and how a person gets trigeminal neuralgia?

Several ways: Idiopathic tn is associated with vascular compression of the trigeminal nerve (although there are often other reasons). There are symptomatic causes as well: multiple sclerosis, tumor, or infection. These causes represent a minority of cases. ...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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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