Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) is chronic pain condition of the trigeminal nerve, or 5th cranial nerve, which is one of the largest nerves in the face. The trigeminal nerve carries sensation from your face to your brain. This condition causes and shocking, sudden pain that can last anywhere between a few seconds long and up to 2 minutes in duration. TN affects women more often than men, and it is more likely to occur in people who are older than 50.
In TN the function of the trigeminal nerve is disrupted. Presumably, a blood vessel is pressing on the nerve as it exits the brainstem. Compression on the nerve puts wear and tear on the nerve’s protective coating. TN can be caused by the normal aging process. Symptoms of TN can occur in people with multiple sclerosis, due to the degeneration of the myelin sheath (protective covering) of the nerve.
Pain from TN can be construed as either classic or atypical. With classic pain, there are defined periods of remission. The pain is immensely sharp, throbbing and shock-like, and usually is triggered by a touching sensation on the face or certain activities. Atypical pain is usually a constant, burning sensation that is felt all over the face. Atypical pain is more difficult to treat, and may not consist of remission periods.
The management of TN requires a multidisciplinary approach. These include acupuncture, distraction techniques, relaxation training, biofeedback, meditation, and physical therapy, electrical therapy, ultrasound and cold laser.
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