Trigeminal Neuralgia

Definition of Trigeminal Neuralgia:

This condition involves pain in the trigeminal nerve – chief sensory nerve of the face and the motor nerve enabling chewing.  It is a disorder of the trigeminal nerve producing bouts of severe, lancinating pain lasting seconds to minutes in the distribution of one or more of its sensory divisions, most often the mandibular and/or maxillary.  The cause is uncertain.  Recently, at surgery or autopsy, arterial and – less often – venous loops have been found compressing the trigeminal nerve root at its entry point into the brainstem, which suggests that this is essentially a compressive neuropathy.  Adults usually are affected, especially later in life.  The pain is often set off by touching a trigger point or by activity (e.g. chewing or brushing the teeth).  Although each bout of intense pain is brief, successive bouts may incapacitate the patient.

Also: Facial Neuralgia, Tic Douloureux

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“...Facial twitching in adults, accompanied by rather severe facial pain, is the result of a facial neuralgia.  Twitching occurs when a muscle contracts and releases suddenly and involuntarily...”


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“...up to 2 weeks while constitutional help is being sought ... Attack brought on by cold or damp, pain violent and lacerating, and better for application of heat especially if person is suffering from facial neuralgia: Colocynth 6c...”
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Osteonecrosis of the Jaw

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“...NICO is not generally accepted as a cause of Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) by most medical and dental professionals...”

Sjogren's Syndrome

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“...Peripheral neuropathy – numbness and tingling in the extremities; Autonomic neuropathy – damage to nerves that help regulate the coordination of heartbeat, respiration, and gastric motility; Trigeminal neuralgia – numbness or burning of the face; Glossopharyngeal neuralgia – pain in the back of the throat; Mononeuritis multiplex – weakness or paralysis of various muscles; Kidney...”

Trigeminal Neuralgia / Facial Pain

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“...Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) is a condition that affects the trigeminal nerve (the 5th cranial nerve), one of the largest nerves in the head...”
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“The typical trigeminal neuralgia is characterized by sudden, severe and lancing pain in the face, like an electric shock.”
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“The rheumatoid-related condition, Lyme disease, can cause head and neck pain which could be mistaken for trigeminal neuralgia.”
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