11 doctors weighed in:

How can trigeminal neuralgia be treated?

11 doctors weighed in
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Virginia Simnad
Dr. Virginia Simnad
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Dr. Stephen Rodrigues
I would NOT use a gamma knife. Anti-seizures do help. 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!
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Multiple approaches

Most start with anti-seizure medication (for pain!).
May also try other "neurological" non-seizure medications, but traditional pain killers usually not effective. Many have tried acupuncture, biofeedback, homeopathic, electrical stimulation and diet, with mixed success. Surgical procedures helpful: microvascular decompression yields highest rates of remission, though others helpful.

In brief: Multiple approaches

Most start with anti-seizure medication (for pain!).
May also try other "neurological" non-seizure medications, but traditional pain killers usually not effective. Many have tried acupuncture, biofeedback, homeopathic, electrical stimulation and diet, with mixed success. Surgical procedures helpful: microvascular decompression yields highest rates of remission, though others helpful.
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
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Dr. Parag Parikh
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Treat with meds

Medications should always be tried first,see a neurologist,,intractable neuralgia,may also be treated with alcohol injection of the ganglion,though not always effective,

In brief: Treat with meds

Medications should always be tried first,see a neurologist,,intractable neuralgia,may also be treated with alcohol injection of the ganglion,though not always effective,
Dr. Parag Parikh
Dr. Parag Parikh
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Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry

In brief: Trigeminal neuralgia

Antiseziure medications such as tegretol have been used succesfully in the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia for many years, in most cases, these drugs work where others fail.
Surgical options such as microvascular decompression have also been used very succesfuly in cases where medications fail.

In brief: Trigeminal neuralgia

Antiseziure medications such as tegretol have been used succesfully in the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia for many years, in most cases, these drugs work where others fail.
Surgical options such as microvascular decompression have also been used very succesfuly in cases where medications fail.
Dr. Steven Bender
Dr. Steven Bender
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