What are early signs of Trigeminal neuralgia.?

Not equivocal. You would know it if it occurred. Severe excruciating attacks of unilateral facial pain lasting several seconds, and indeed immobilizing. If this is you, seek help yesterday.

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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.

Not necessarily. Trigeminal neuralgia can be associated with nerve irritation at the base of the brain, and can be seen with blood vessel compression, neuroma presence, contact against a bony surface within the cranium, and associated with any disorder than can impair cranial nerves. Although there is an association with ms, has a spinal tap confirmed ms? Get a high quality MRI with a neuro-radiologist. Read more...
Not necessarily. Trigeminal neuralgia rarely affects your age group and it doesn't necessarily mean you have multiple sclerosis. Consult a neurologist or a orofacial pain dentist for a second opinion. Read more...
No. Young people with tn, especially bilateral tn, should be evaluated for ms. However, recognition of tn is increasing, and finding tn in young adults, even teenagers, is on the rise. The reason is unclear. For the most part, the causes seem similar to that seen in older adults, and the approach to treatment is similar (first medication, and if that fails, procedure). Read more...
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...

Is left index finger pain a sign of atypical trigeminal neuralgia on the left side of face?

Not at all. The finger pain is fully independent of your trigeminal issues, and represents an additional co-morbidity. A hand specialist can more fully evaluate. Read more...

A few years ago I was diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia. I don't have it anymore. What are the chances of my tn coming back?

Depends. It depends on what caused it in the first place. Trigeminal neuralgia just means that there is pain caused by the trigeminal nerve itself misfiring. Usually this is a disease that is not cured, but must be managed chronically; congratulations on you no longer having it! Read more...
Unpredictable. Some people have an episode of trigeminal neuralgia and never have another. The longer the time between an initial episode and any subsequent one diminishes the likelihood that it will recur. Unfortunately, it is not all that predictable. Read more...
Help available. Modern surgical treatments now include needle balloon decompression, and can stop many of these episodes cold. Newer meds far more effective. Unlikely that this problem will re-emerge if you have been symptom-free for several years, but if it does come back, lots of new options. Read more...

Why don't nurses know about trigeminal neuralgia. I had a septoplasty to see if it would relieve it. Not one nurse knew what it was, ?

Trigeminal neuralgia. The context of your question is unfortunately not completely clear but i will give it my best - trigeminal neuralgia (tn) is usually diagnosed and treated by physicians and a lot of time requires a specialist. Tn stems from signals in the 5th cranial nerve which usually will be interpreted by your brain as pain arising from different areas of your face. Septoplasty will usually not address this. Read more...
Information. Trigeminal neuralgia is not all that common. It is entirely possible the a nurse may not have heard about it. However, if the hurse has been associated with a neurologist, or neurosurgeon, then for sure she would know about it. Read more...

Isn't there a test of some sort to tell if you've got trigeminal neuralgia?

No. Trig neuralgia is diagnosed based upon the history and the description of the pain. An MRI may show the loop of a blood vessel next to the trig nerve. This is thought to be the cause but you may still have tn even if the MRI does not show anything as the vessels are quite small. Read more...
Unfortunately no. There are no definitive tests for trigeminal neuralgia. It is a diagnosis made clinically. There are known treatments for this condition and you should consult a neurologist and/or a pain management physician. Read more...

If carbamazepine isn't working to treat my trigeminal neuralgia, what is a good drug to try next?

Varies. Carbamazepine used to be the main agent in treatment of trigeminal neuralgia years ago. We now have a multitude of anti-neuropathic agents with better side effect profile. To list a few, we have lyrica, (pregabalin) neurontin, topamax, etc. The choice is based on coexisting medical issues and other medications on which patient is placed. The physician can make this determination on a case by case basis. Read more...
Several. Drugs with best success rates: Carbamazepine and oxcarbazepine. Next level: gabapentin, pregabalin. Another effective drug: baclofen. Further down the line: lacosamide, topiramate, lamotrigine, levetiracetam. Some add on treatments: topical or nasal lidocaine. The list goes on... Sometimes it isn't that the drug doesn't work, but it may not be used in the best manner. Read more...
Trileptal. is reported to be effective for trigeminal neuralgia. Some clinicians now prefer to use oxcarbazepine (Trileptal) as their first line drug for trigeminal neuralgia because of its reduced side effect profile. Unfortunately, about half of TN sufferers eventually become dissatisfied with medical therapy, explore surgical options. Read more...

I'm on carbamazepine for about a week or so and I don't like it. I'm taking it for Trigeminal Neuralgia, can I stop taking it since I haven't been on?

Careful. Hi, Thank you for your question. You haven't been on it too long to build a physical dependence but you should still discuss with your PCP this decision. They can start you on another medication at the same time. Hope that helps..contact me if you have any other questions :-) Dr. M. Read more...

Is trigeminal neuralgia very serious?

No. It can be very painful, to the point of causing difficulty speaking or eating, and it can sometimes be caused by a tumor, but trigeminal neuralgia itself is not life threatening, not associated with other neurologic dysfunction, and rarely causes significant disability. Read more...
YES! If not treated. 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! Read more...
Sometimes. If untreated, it may become very severe and people may become very depressed. Best to treat earlier and opt for not only medical pain relief, but also a cure (especially if medication does not completely control or results in unacceptable side effects). Important to see a specialist. Read more...