If we are talking about the condition called Trigeminal neuralgia, we are talking about a neuropathic condition. Unlike other health conditions that exist in the body, the patient could not have Trigeminal neuralgia without him or her her knowing about it. It is so painful that anyone afflicted of it is likely to know that there is something wrong straightaway. However, detecting the development of this disease from its early stages is not as easy or swift. Once the disease has progressed to the stage where excruciating pain is felt by the patient, then there is no ignoring it.
It is worth mentioning that trigeminal neuralgia goes by (or rather, is referred to by) several names. One such alternative name is 'tic doulourex.' Of course there is also the name prosopalgia. Yet another one is Fothergill's disease. The name of the condition, Trigeminal neuralgia, is derived from that part of the body that it affects, which is the trigeminal nerve. You may have noticed the use of the prefix 'tri', meaning it has something to do with the number three. It refers to the three branches of the trigeminal nerve. They are the mandibular branch, the maxillary branch, and the ophthalmic branch. If one or two of the branches become affected, Trigeminal neuralgia arises. The same is true when all three branches became affected. Since the nerves are found on the face, that is where the pain manifests itself. Aside from the eye and ear regions, even the nose region and the jawline feel the pain. The forehead, too, is often affected.
Statistically, it has been observed that tic doulourex affects women more frequently than it does affect men. Both men and women can get this condition; it certainly does not choose specific genders. However, women tend to get it more than the males.
The age of the person affected is also considered as another risk factor. The progress of this condition may have started at a very early age, but the manifestation (the pain) only occurs once they go beyond the age of 50. But this is not to say that it is inconceivable for younger people to suffer from this particular illness. Some diagnosis for Trigeminal neuralgia have been made young children, some of them even younger than 5 years old. But statistically speaking, for the most part, this is a condition which symptoms tend to be experienced by people who are getting on in years: after the age of 50.
When you treat Trigeminal neuralgia, you have to know that it entails a number of things. On top of the list would be having a handle on the excruciating pain. Trying to correct the neuropathy would come next. It is a daunting task, but soonheless very rewarding once it is done right. You would be able to correct neuropathy more successfully if diagnosis has been made early and it has been immediately treated right after diagnosis. In many cases, treatment of Trigeminal neuralgia is done by way of administering medicines and drugs. But surgery is considered by many to be a more permanent treatment, so that is what they choose.