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Trigeminal Neuralgia

Trigeminal neuralgia is a condition which creates can cause much discomfort and pain in the facial area. It is a chronic illness that interacts with the trigeminal nerve, which is also called the tic douloureux. This is the nerve that carries currents from your face to your brain.

Mild irritation or stimulation of the face, like teeth brushing or applying makeup, can trigger this pain. It is more common in older patients over 50 and women seem to experience it more than men. It can develop as an outcome of growing older.

Short, sharp pangs are the most common type of pain associated with this condition. However, trigeminal neuralgia can develop into longer, more severe bouts of pain. This pain can be mitigated in some cases with treatments including surgeries, medication and injections. There may be a need to visit a neurologist depending on the condition. Methods to detect this disorder could include a CT scan (computerized tomography) which combines various X-ray images to create a detailed profile of information on your bones, blood vessels and body tissue. These images are more intricate than a traditional X-ray scan.

Facial pain can be difficult to diagnose because it can be caused by a wide variety of symptoms, ranging from trigeminal neuralgia to a sinus infection. That being said, several of the root causes of facial pain are conditions that can be treated right here by your TMJ specialists in Ottawa. If your facial pain is caused by TMJ, there are a variety of TMJ treatments available. In some cases, facial pain is caused by migraines. Botox treatment is also available in those cases.

What can cause trigeminal neuralgia?

A tumor or blood vessel pressing against the trigeminal nerve could cause this condition. When this function is interrupted by the trigeminal nerve making contact with the vein or artery, this pressure causes the complication. Head trauma or sinus surgery complications can also trigger the condition, along with a stroke. It is also associated with demyelinating diseases such as multiple sclerosis. It can be caused by pressure from a tumor or any kind of disorder that damages the myelin sheath which encases nerves.

Is it always advised to contact a medical profession if you think you might be experiencing symptoms. Contact us to request an appointment if you feel any pain from mild stimulation of the face.