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Facial Pain (Trigeminal Neuralgia)

Facial Pain (Trigeminal Neuralgia) - How to prevent?

Facial Pain (Trigeminal Neuralgia) - Causes and Risk Factors

What causes trigeminal neuralgia?

Compression of the trigeminal nerve by a blood vessel at the base of the brain may cause trigeminal neuralgia. Tumour and multiple sclerosis are other important causes. Unfortunately, the cause of trigeminal neuralgia is unknown and there is no disease involving the trigeminal nerve or the central nervous system. Thus controlling the pain is the mainstay of treatment. 

What should I do if I have symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia?

You should see a doctor to confirm the diagnosis. Your doctor will conduct an interview and physical examination. He may ask you specific questions regarding your pain, including onset, nature and triggering factors. He may also arrange for you to have a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain. 

Your doctor may also refer you to a neurosurgeon if deemed necessary. 

Facial Pain (Trigeminal Neuralgia) - Diagnosis

Facial Pain (Trigeminal Neuralgia) - Preparing for surgery

Facial Pain (Trigeminal Neuralgia) - Post-surgery care

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