Trigeminal Neuralgia

MedlinePlus shares information about Trigeminal Neuralgia, also called Tic douloureux, TN. “Can you imagine feeling a shock in your face as you brush your teeth or shave? If you have trigeminal neuralgia (TN), you may know exactly what it’s like. You may feel extreme numbness, tingling or burning on a part of your face. Any vibration on your face, even from talking, can set it off. The condition may come and go, disappearing for days or even months. But the longer you have it, the less often it goes away.

Your trigeminal nerve is responsible for sensations on your face. The cause of TN is probably a blood vessel pressing on the trigeminal nerve. Tumors and multiple sclerosis can also cause TN, but in some cases the cause is unknown.

TN usually affects people over 50, especially women. Medicines and sometimes surgery can help with the pain.”

These are symptoms that may look similar to MS symptoms. Do you know anyone who suffers with Trigeminal Neuralgia? Any ideas what treatments were tried?


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  1. I think Trigeminal Neuralgia has no exact medical treatment. However, once a medical professional performed a diagnosis to a patient suffering from this medical condition, then will be the time that an appropriate treatment will be given. Some treatments for TN include prescription medications such as antidepressant and anticonvulsant drugs and medical procedures like rhizotomy as well as gamma knife radiosurgery.

    • Candice,
      Thank you for telling us more about Trigeminal Neuralgia. I feel for everyone in pain~I wish with all my heart something will be discovered to ease the pain!

  2. I know what It is and the pain that goes with It. There’s medication and some treatments. Don’t wait to have some because It’s so painful. My case is related to MS.


  3. This sounds like a troubling condition, how often do you see these cases?

  4. I have MS and TN I take an anti consultant for it my doc has me on 3,000mg I also take norco for the pain but its never totally gone thanks for tweetin the awareness

    • Antoinette,
      Have you ever tried acupuncture? My partner Dawn Silverstein was just like you, suffering from the pain of TN. She started acupuncture and has been pain-free for weeks! What a celebration! She is going to write a post for MSrelief to discuss her success story. Really has to set in when we realize that MS is different for everyone. Acupuncture might not work for you as it has for Dawn but tell me what you think!

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