Do you or a loved one suffer from pain on one side of your face that comes on suddenly and feels like you have been shocked? Is the pain brief or does it linger for several minutes? Do you ever experience a burning sensation that is not as pronounced as the shocking pain but lasts longer? These symptoms can be related to two different forms of a condition called trigeminal neuralgia, and some patients suffer from both.
Trigeminal neuralgia can drastically affect the quality of life of those who suffer repeated episodes and pain. Even simple activities can trigger the onset of symptoms, and the fear and effort to avoid another episode can lead to anxiety and depression.
What Is the Trigeminal Nerve?
Located in your cranium and face, the trigeminal nerve is the largest of 12 cranial nerves. It transmits sensory information to the sinuses, mucous membranes, and skin, and stimulates motor function in the jaw muscles. It contains three branches—maxillary, mandibular, and ophthalmic. The first two branches are most commonly associated with trigeminal neuralgia.
Sometimes, the nerve can become damaged through trauma, but it can also result from stroke, tumors that put pressure on the nerve, and neurological conditions like multiple sclerosis. People over 50 are more likely to experience the condition than younger people.
Diagnosis and Treatment
It is well-known that many conditions can manifest similar symptoms. Self-diagnosis based on information from the internet isn’t reliable, but it may alert you to the need for an examination by a qualified provider. Treatment options are varied and will depend upon a careful, accurate diagnosis.
We know that diving deep into your medical history is necessary to get to the root of your medical condition. At our TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre, you will receive a thorough examination of your head and neck that includes use of the latest diagnostic technology. We believe that the correct diagnosis is crucial to determine the treatment that will manage or overcome your pain and allow you to begin “living” again.
If you or a loved one is suffering from unexplained facial pain, please contact our office to schedule an appointment today. We proudly serve the Granger, Indiana, area.