Trigeminal Neuralgia

What is Trigeminal Neuralgia?

Trigeminal Neuralgia is a condition marked by inflammation of the trigeminal nerve. This chronic pain condition causes intense, stabbing pain in the lower face and jaw. Typically, this nerve pain is limited to one side of the face.

This pain causes excruciating pain as this nerve branches off into three sections: the forehead, eye region and in the cheek and jaw.

Causes of Trigeminal Neuralgia

There are a few different situations that can cause Trigeminal Neuralgia. In most situations, this occurs when the nerve becomes irritate from an injury. Aging is also another common cause of this condition. As the condition progresses, particularly when it comes from aging, the pain can become more intense.

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Symptoms of Trigeminal Neuralgia

The most common trigeminal neuralgia symptoms are:

  • Pain first experienced in the lower or upper jaw
  • Shock-like stabbing or searing intense pain in areas along the nerve—including cheek, jaw, lips and teeth
  • Long-lasting attacks of pain
  • Pain located only in one side of the face
  • Pain triggered by touching the face, speaking, chewing, drinking, or laughing

Treating Trigeminal Neuralgia

There are several treatment options that can lessen or block pain signals. While there is not necessarily a cure for this condition, there are treatment and pain management options that can help you find the relief you are looking for. First, an official diagnosis to develop a treatment plan.

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Our pain management doctors are accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment, please call our Carrollton clinic at (972) 316-7270 or our Denton clinic at (940) 222-8943.