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Can anyone get trigeminal neuralgia?

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Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology
6 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
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Dr. Eric Weisman
Treatment with Tegretol goes back to the 1950's. In fact tegretol was used for Trigeminal Neuralgia before it was used for Epilepsy !
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery
5 doctors agree

In brief: Trigeminal neuralgia

trigeminal neuralgia is mostly a result of trauma to the nerve, an infection in the nerve or a vascular anomaly where a blood vessel is impinging and compressing the nerve.

In brief: Trigeminal neuralgia

trigeminal neuralgia is mostly a result of trauma to the nerve, an infection in the nerve or a vascular anomaly where a blood vessel is impinging and compressing the nerve.
Dr. James Goodrich
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Dr. Olav Jaren
Many causes of TN are not explained however.
5 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

It is rarely seen in individuals less than 35 years of age, is more common in woman than in men.
When seen in the younger population, the presentation is frequently bilateral and is associated with multiple sclerosis. It is rare for both sides to be active at the same time. Commonly used narcotic analgesics have little effect on this type of pain.

In brief: Yes

It is rarely seen in individuals less than 35 years of age, is more common in woman than in men.
When seen in the younger population, the presentation is frequently bilateral and is associated with multiple sclerosis. It is rare for both sides to be active at the same time. Commonly used narcotic analgesics have little effect on this type of pain.
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
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Dr. Stephen Rodrigues
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: TN issues.

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!

In brief: TN issues.

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!
Dr. Stephen Rodrigues
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Dr. Stephen Rodrigues
See my file "New View" on the evolution of needle therapy. Pain meds will lock the triggers into the tissues and help to burn-in the misery Don't if at all possible.
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