Trigeminal neuralgia (TN), also called tic douloureux, is a condition that is characterized by episodes of intense pain in the face, jaw, gums, forehead and around the eyes originating from the trigeminal nerve, one of the largest nerves in the head. It is often considered one of the most painful conditions known to humankind.
What Are the Symptoms of Trigeminal Neuralgia?
Trigeminal neuralgia causes a sudden, severe, electric shock-like, or stabbing pain that typically lasts for several seconds. The pain can be felt on the face and around the lips, eyes, nose, scalp, and forehead. Symptoms can be brought on when a person is brushing the teeth, putting on makeup, touching the face, swallowing, or even feeling a slight breeze.
Usually, the pain is felt on one side of the jaw or cheek, but some people experience pain at different times on both sides. The attacks of pain may be repeated one after the other. They may come and go throughout the day and last for days, weeks, or months at a time. The attacks can also disappear for months or years. The disorder is more common in women than in men and rarely affects anyone younger than age 50.
In the end, treating the pain of Trigeminal Neuralgia is the same for treating any other type of neuropathy or neuralgia. Please fill out the medication request form below and take the first step toward pain relief.