What is Trigeminal Neuralgia?
Trigeminal Neuralgia is a chronic pain condition affecting the trigeminal nerve in the face. The nerve carries sensation from the face to the brain. Things such as putting on makeup, washing your face or brushing your teeth may trigger excruciating pain.The pain areas are mainly located in the mouth and face that include hypersensitivity and a sensation of tingling or burning. At first, you may experience quick mild attacks but with time it can progress, causing more frequent and longer jolts of pain. TN also more frequently affects the ride side of the face than the left.
What Causes TN?
Most often, the cause of TN is unknown. There are some thoughts that Trigeminal Neuralgia may be associated with a variety of conditions. One possible cause can be from a blood vessel, aneurysm, or tumor pressing on the trigeminal nerve. This can then prompt the wearing away or damage to the protective coating around the nerve, better known as the myelin sheath.
The intense flashes of pain can be triggered by vibration or contact with the cheek such as when speaking or chewing for example. People with TN may begin to avoid social contact and daily activities such as eating and talking because of fear of having another attack, making them feel isolated and depressed. Depression and sleep disturbance in exchange may make the individual more vulnerable to pain.
Who does it Affect?
Trigeminal neuralgia affects women more often than men. It also is more likely to occur in people 50 or older.
Thankfully, there are a variety of treatment options available for trigeminal neuralgia doesn’t necessarily mean you will live a life of pain. Doctors typically can effectively manage TN with medications, injections or surgery. There are options so do not feel overwhelmed.
If you or a loved one has experienced any of symptoms Of TN or fear you may have it, do not wait to make an appointment at the Neurology Center of Excellence located in Lady Lake, Florida. Our team will create a treatment plan for you right away. Call now at 352-750-6387 or use our handy contact form below..