What Causes Trigeminal Neuralgia?
The 5th cranial nerve or Trigeminal nerve is the nerve that supplies sensation and movement in one’s face and jaw. The most common cause of Trigeminal Neuralgia is vascular compression of the trigeminal nerve by a small artery. The compression of the nerve results to spiky and sharp pain felt on the side of a person’s face.
The pain associated with trigeminal neuralgia can be a penetrating and shooting pain that is felt in the jaw area that is often triggered by the slightest activities such as washing the face, chewing, or speaking. In severe cases, drafts contribute to the sensation of the pain felt. The pain is unilateral, that means it occurs only on one side of the face and it arises at intervals.
What Treatment Plans Help with Trigeminal Neuralgia?
Physical history and examination is an important component in assessing the possibility of trigeminal-related pain and this is part of the treatment plan. Documentation of the nature, location, intensity, severity and type of pain is crucial in determining the cause of the pain. An MRI of the trigeminal nerve is taken to determine causes of nerve compression and the need for intervention.
Trigeminal nerve blocks may help considerably for the pain. If they help, then longer lasting relief may be seen with injection of glycerol or phenol. Additionally, a radiofrequency procedure may be performed by the Seattle pain management doctor.
What is the Prognosis for Trigeminal Neuralgia?
With proper management of the pain associated with Trigeminal Neuralgia, patients can go back to their usual activities and carry out tasks without the sensation of pain. The majority of the time, patients are able to avoid the need for surgery.
Patients are able to change their lives and get back to working, playing with the kids and concentrating better.
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