Anesthesia Dolorosa

WHAT IS IT AND HOW IS IT TREATED?

man with anesthesia dolorosa

If you have had trauma to the head or prior corrective surgery for trigeminal neuralgia that has left you with constant pain and numbness in the face, you may be suffering from Anesthesia Dolorosa.

 

The most common cause of this condition is a traumatic injury to nerves during surgical intervention for trigeminal neuralgia.

Symptoms

Patients with this condition will often have:

  • Constant pain in the face (or an area of the face)
  • Pain described as gnawing, burning, or aching
  • Numbness when touching the affected area
  • Pain that is unaffected by medicine or pain relievers

Treatment

Anesthesia Dolorosa is a difficult condition to treat and typically doesn’t respond to medication. Patients have gained relief and pain management through procedures such as:

  • Deep brain stimulation
  • Motor cortex stimulation
  • High cervical spinal cord stimulation
  • Nucleus Caudalis DREZotomy

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