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Trigeminal Neuralgia
Like an explosion of
fire works on the face.

That's how people suffering from Trigeminal Neuralgia (T.N) describe their pain. T.N is a disease of the sensory nerves of the head and the face. It is one of the most painful afflictions of the body. It occurs mostly in middle and older ages, and is more common in women.

Causes ::
There is no specific cause for T.N. At times it indicates multiple sclerosis. Very rarely it may occur with Herpes Zoster.

Symptoms ::
The most characteristic feature of this disorder is pain which, occurs in spasms in the lips, gums, cheeks and chin .Primarily, it affects the right side of the face. And can be set off by washing the face, shaving, brushing, eating, talking or exposure to cold. As also by touching localised trigger spots. These attacks of pain happen in fits and starts, and last for weeks. Consult your doctor if you notice such symptoms.

Management ::
T.N. is benign disease with no complications that endanger life in any way. Anti-convulsants are prescribed to take care of pain. Surgical treatment may be required if drugs don't help. But development of numbness in the face is a possible complication.


 
 
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