Trigeminal Neuralgia, also referred to as tic douloureux, is an inflammation of the 5th cranial nerve (the trigeminal nerve). When triggered, the nerve shoots very intense pain in to specific areas of the face, which is supplied by that nerve. These areas include the forehead, scalp, cheeks, gums, chin, lips, nose and eyes.
• Although typical cases are generally found in men and women over the age of 50, Trigeminal Neuralgia can occur at any age, including in children. A triggered attack can happen simply by a gust of wind, brushing your teeth, applying makeup or touching your face. Normally, these attacks are sudden and unexpected, causing an intestinal reaction that can last for several minutes up to several hours.
• Some medications have been found to be effective, including anti-depressants and anti-convulsions. Seeking out qualified and experienced pain doctors, specializing in Trigeminal Neuralgia treatment, is highly advised, when seeking an effective remedy. Surgical intervention may be required when pain medication has not been successful in treating the ailment, but is generally used only as a last resort.
• Sometimes the disease can have a comprehensive effect on relationships in the family, as any normal interactions such as caressing or stroking can trigger an intestinal attack. Because the episodes come on suddenly and unexpectedly, psychological counseling may be appropriate in learning how to cope with the ongoing fear of unbearable attacks. The symptoms of Trigeminal Neuralgia can sometimes be reversed completely, if a qualified diagnosis has been made within the early stages of the disease's progress.
• Of the clinical studies done on effective treatments for this debilitating ailment, results are shown that medication can make a dramatic improvement in minimizing the symptoms in a large percentage of those afflicted. However, some of these prescribed medicines have serious side effects including skin rashes, constant dizziness and damage to nerve tissue. It is always suggested to have serious discussions with your pain physician when dealing with reactions to side effects.
An effective pain management therapy, conducted by specialized experienced doctors can reduce or illuminate intense painful episodes. Finding a qualified pain management physician is the first step in taking control of the attacks caused by Trigeminal Neuralgia.