Herpetic Neuralgia. Post herpetic neuralgia is the term which describes severe pain (even if it is in the course of trigeminal nerve) following exposure to shingles. The nature of the pain in post-herpetic neuralgia is often similar to that of trigeminal neuralgia.
Yes. It's shingles favorite facial nerve to attack.
Yes. Acupuncture can be a safe and effective approach to treating trigeminal neuralgia.
EastWest Integrative. Medication management is the first line of treatment. 60-70% of patients will be controlled with medications. The medication is titrated to the point of pain control or the inability of the patient to tolerate the side effects. At this point I use acupuncture/acupressure to ameliorate side effects and tapper down medications.
It depends. Trigeminal neuralgia is severe debilitating nerve pain. However, it is episodic and not round the clock. If the pain is all the time in the evening, another diagnosis should be entertained. For short-term management, there are number sleep agents that can be used. These will lose efficacy and can bet detrimental if used on a chronic basis though.
Definite treatment. Sometimes Amitriptyline may help. However, I would strongly recommend to have definite treatment: surgery or radiofrequency ablation.
I have trigeminal neuralgia I'm on gabapentin and Dilantin. I was put on macronid for a bladder infection. How I'm get my shocks back. Iis it the mar?
Macrodantin (nitrofurantoin) Dilanti. Sorry about my previous misunderstanding of your question. Dilantin levels have rarely been reported to be lowered by macrodantin, (nitrofurantoin) so you should have your Dilantin level rechecked to see if that is what is going on. Also, if that is the case, you will need it rechecked after stopping Macrodantin (nitrofurantoin) because the Dilantin levels could go up again into a toxic range if you doctor had raised the dilantin.
Trigeminal neuralgia. I get a shock-like pain behind my ear in the divot by jawline. Scalp sensitivity also comes and goes. Get this looked at?
Yes. Yes, you should have this evaluated. There are medications that can help.
Yes, an exam. By a physician would better serve you since a diagnosis based on good physical exam will lead to faster resolution of your problem. This maybe temporomandibular joint dysfunction, could be lesser occipital nerve irritation and trigeminal neuralgia seems less likely since it would involve mostly your face not behind the ear.
I have bilateral trigeminal neuralgia and its been affecting my tonsils, throat and ears. Cant get any relief. Any suggestions?
Bil Trigeminal Pain. What have you been treated with thus far? Tegretol? Trileptal? Gabapentin? These are all neuropathic (nerve pain) pain agents. There are several others available if you have exhausted the ones listed. Another option is a gasserian ganglion block (with glycerol or phenol) which targets trigeminal neuropathy. Experienced anesthesia pain doctor would need to perform this procedure.