Please describe your experience with trigeminal neuralgia.
Share your story with others:
MedicineNet appreciates your comment. Your comment may be displayed on the site and will always be published anonymously.
What is trigeminal neuralgia?
Trigeminal neuralgia is inflammation of the trigeminal nerve, causing
intense facial pain. It is also known as tic douloureax because the
intense pain can cause patients to contort their face into a grimace and cause
the head to move away from the pain. The obvious movement is known as a tic.
The pain of trigeminal neuralgia is intense and may be an isolated episode or
may be occur every few hours, minutes, or seconds. There can be months or years
between attacks, but in some patients whose pain is not well controlled; it can
lead to a
chronic pain syndrome, affecting activities of daily life and cause
Though it can affect people of any age, trigeminal neuralgia tends to afflict
people older than 60 years of age. It affects the right side of the face five times more
often than the left.