| Like an explosion
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.
There is no specific cause for T.N. At times it
indicates multiple sclerosis. Very rarely it may
occur with Herpes Zoster.
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.
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.