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Trigeminal neuralgia is a rare condition that impacts fewer than 200,000 people in the US per year. It is extremely painful and can significantly impact your quality of life. At Neuropathy Treatment Clinics of Texas in Addison, Texas, the highly skilled medical team can diagnose and treat trigeminal neuralgia. If you’re searching for relief that doesn’t rely upon drug therapy or surgical intervention, schedule a one-on-one appointment today. Online scheduling makes it easy to find a time that fits your busy life, or you can call the office to check appointment availability. We see patients in and around the DFW Metroplex.
What is Trigeminal Neuralgia?
Trigeminal neuralgia is a chronic pain condition that affects the trigeminal nerve, which carries sensation from your face to your brain. If you have trigeminal neuralgia, even mild stimulation of your face — such as from brushing your teeth or putting on makeup — may trigger a jolt of excruciating pain.
What is the main cause of trigeminal neuralgia?
The main cause of trigeminal neuralgia is blood vessels pressing on the root of the trigeminal nerve. This makes the nerve transmit pain signals that are experienced as stabbing pains. Pressure on this nerve may also be caused by a tumor or multiple sclerosis (MS).
These symptoms can be similar to those caused by dental problems, and sometimes people with undiagnosed trigeminal neuralgia explore multiple dental procedures in an effort to control the pain.
Trigeminal Neuralgia Symptoms
Episodes of sharp, stabbing pain in the cheek or jaw that may feel like an electric shock
Pain episodes that may be triggered by anything touching the face or teeth, including shaving, applying makeup, brushing teeth, eating, drinking or talking — or even a light breeze
Periods of relief between episodes
Anxiety from the thought of the pain returning
A flare-up of trigeminal neuralgia may begin with tingling or numbness in the face. Pain occurs in intermittent bursts that last anywhere from a few seconds to two minutes, becoming more and more frequent until the pain is almost continuous.
Flare-ups may continue for a few weeks or months followed by a pain-free period that can last a year or more.
What are treatment options for trigeminal neuralgia?
Most common over-the-counter and prescription pain medicines don't work for people with trigeminal neuralgia, but many modern treatments can reduce or eliminate the pain. The doctor may recommend one or more of these approaches:
Medications: Seizure drugs like carbamazepine, gabapentin or other agents can be helpful. It is important to work closely with a neurologist or primary care provider to monitor dosages and side effects.
Surgery: Several procedures can often help bring trigeminal neuralgia pain under control.
Neuropathy Treatment Clinics of Texas offers a non-invasive treatment course with no use of narcotics or steroids. If you are suffering from this condition and are looking for alternative options that don’t include narcotics or surgery Neuropathy Treatment Clinics of Texas is here to offer help. Call 972-920-6968 or use our online booking platform to schedule your appointment today!