(This information is only provided for general information purposes, and is not meant to give medical advice)
What Is Trigeminal Neuralgia?
Trigeminal neuralgia is an extremely painful facial condition which manifests itself by intense electric shock-like pain generally on one side of the face. Trigeminal neuralgia is caused by irritation of the trigeminal nerve, the nerve that supplies the sensation to face and teeth. The pain occurs when speaking, chewing, washing your face, shaving or virtually for no reason at all. Patients can suffer from malnutrition, dehydration, severe depression and despondency. Trigeminal neuralgia is more common in people older than 50, in women, and in people who have multiple sclerosis.
What Are The Symptoms of Trigeminal Neuralgia?
Symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia vary from patient to patient but can include:
- Burning or stabbing pain in the face, generally on one side
- Facial pain in areas affected by the trigeminal nerve including teeth, gums, face, lips, jaw and more
- Severe pain caused by normal daily activities such as brushing your teeth, applying makeup, chewing or eating.
- Facial pain lasting from a few seconds to few minutes
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