Trigeminal neuralgia is a constant feeling of pain, which affects the trigeminal nerve; this nerve is a communicator between the face and the brain. If trigeminal neuralgia is affecting you, any mild touch to the face can result in excruciating pain. Putting on makeup or brushing teeth can cause this horrible feeling. It may be short jolts of pain or long amounts of pain, which generally affects women more than men. It often occurs in people 50 or older. There are treatments available to eliminate the pain caused by trigeminal neuralgia. Injections, medications, or surgery are common treatments to eliminate the pain. Symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia are episodes of severe jabbing or shooting pain, which in some cases feel like an electric shock. Other symptoms include pain in which affects only one side of the face. Trigeminal neuralgia can in some cases occur as a result of aging. It can also be caused by a tumor pressing against the nerve. Or in some cases a brain lesion can cause it. In some cases a cause of trigeminal neuralgia cannot be found. Some things may trigger instant pain such as eating, shaving, talking, drinking, feeling breeze, washing your face, smiling, or showing other facial expressions. trigeminal neuralgia can take a damaging toll on ones day-to-day life. The person with diabetic trigeminal neuralgia may also begin to feel isolated if they remain inside due to the agonizing pain. Things such as these may later lead to depression. trigeminal neuralgia may also be a leading cause of lack of sleep. While the victim of the pain is experiencing the agonizing feeling of discomfort, sleep may be the first thing to go. Some physicians may want to order diagnostic testing to eliminate other diagnosis. Once scheduled, if you have had a recent MRI, CT, X-Ray, bone scan, or ultrasound of the area causing the pain and would like us to review the films, please remember to bring the films or CD to your appointment. It you have not had an MRI, CT, XRay, bone scan, or ultrasound done and your physician feels it is necessary, we have equipment available at some of our many locations. Ask for details if a MRI, CT, X-Ray, bone scan, or ultrasound will be necessary. It is wise to get the help necessary to treat the pain as soon as it arises in order to break free from the symptoms they may cause such as those just discussed. If you have trigeminal neuralgia and have any questions about how we can help, please feel free to give our friendly scheduling coordinators a call. They are specialized and trained to get you in with one of the board certified pain management physicians that can best be equipped to suit your needs. They can also help with any insurance questions you may have. We are happy to help. It is our goal to help you get to feel like yourself again.