Trigeminal Neuralgia Treatment Questions and Answers
Are you dealing with facial pain, and not sure what could be causing it? Contact OmniSpine Pain Management today! Dr. Morchower at OmniSpine can help examine, diagnose and offer a treatment for your Trigeminal Neuralgia. For more information, Call us today or visit us at a location near you.
What is Trigeminal Neuralgia?
Trigeminal Neuralgia is a nerve disorder that is found in the face. It can cause abrupt, searing facial pain to an individual, especially in the area of the lower face, jaw, and around the nose, ears, eyes, or even lips.
Trigeminal Neuralgia can be one of the most painful human conditions anyone can deal with. It provides severe pain along the course of the nerve; it can cause severe nerve irritation or even damage. Trigeminal Neuralgia often only occurs on one side of the face, and is often caused by blood vessels applying pressure to the root of the trigeminal nerve in the face. It is commonly treated with anticonvulsant medication or even a range of surgeries.
Many individuals who deal with Trigeminal Neuralgia have noted it is short-lived, but intense when they are dealing with it. It feels like an intense burning or even stabbing pain throughout one side of the face normally, and can often feel like the pain is shooting up along the course of the affected nerve.
What are the symptoms of Trigeminal Neuralgia?
If you do have trigeminal neuralgia, you may deal with one or more of the following symptoms:
- Twinges of mild pain which can last anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes
- Severe episodes of shooting, searing, jabbing pain that can often feel like electric shocks to the boy
- Sudden pain attacks which can be triggered by stimuli that are often not painful, but can be brought on by touching the face, chewing, speaking, or even brushing the teeth
- Spasms of pain can last anywhere from a few short seconds to a few minutes
- Episodes of cluster attacks can last much longer but there may be no pain
- Pain where ever the nerve from the trigeminal nerve is and where it branches out too, these areas may include the forehead, eyes, jaw, cheek, lips, gums and teeth
- Pain is commonly found on one side of the face; however, in less frequent situations it can be found in both sides
- Pain that is focused on one direct spot or spreads in a wider pattern
- Attacks of pain that can occur more regularly and become more intense over time as it develops
- Any tingling or numbness that can be felt in the face before any pain develops
These attacks of pain can often happen several times a day every day in more severe cases. Some patients may never recollect having any symptoms at all for months or years between their attacks.
What causes Trigeminal Neuralgia?
There are a few causes of trigeminal neuralgia, the main cause is blood vessels pressing on the root of the trigeminal nerve. Then the nerve which transmits any pain signals that you may be experiencing like stabbing pains. You may also feel pressure on the nerve as it may be caused by a tumor or multiple sclerosis.
When to see a Pain Specialist for Trigeminal Neuralgia?
When the pain starts to become stronger, and you are noticing your pain is not going away with easy pain relief symptoms like over-the-counter Tylenol or stretching, it is then best to see your doctor for a review. Dr. Morchower at OmniSpine will be able to examine, diagnose and offer the treatment options that are best to help you deal with any of your Trigeminal Neuralgia issues.
If you are interested in how OmniSpine Pain Management can help you with your pain, contact us today! If you have any questions or concerns about your symptoms or the pain you are dealing with, contact us immediately to book in a consultation appointment with the doctor, so he is able to review them with you in a timely manner and get onto the road of recovery. For more information call us today or visit us at a location near you in Mesquite TX, Frisco TX, and Desoto TX. We serve patients from Mesquite TX, Frisco TX, Desoto TX, Dallas TX, Plano TX, Garland TX, Forney TX, Cedar Hill TX, and Denton TX.
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