Many people live day-to-day with disruptive pain in the face, head, jaw, and neck. There can be numerous causes for this type of pain, whether it is acute or chronic. However, for those who have received treatment for more common causes of facial or cranial pain such as TMJ, migraines, or teeth grinding – without relief – there may be something more at work.
While there is not one singular cause of trigeminal neuralgia, often issues arise where there is pressure placed on the trigeminal nerve by arteries, veins, or other tissues adjacent to the nerve at the base of the brain. Whether this pressure is a result of trauma, the aging process, a tumor, or a degenerative condition like multiple sclerosis, it often results in nerve malfunction and the accompanying pain.
Patients suffering from Trigeminal Neuralgia typically have one or more of the following symptoms:
Your surgeon will review and explain your options for treatment that may include both non-surgical and surgical options, depending on your specific symptoms and medical history. Common treatment options include:
Medications and Injections