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Affecting the trigeminal nerve in the face, Trigeminal neuralgia is thought to be the most excruciating pain condition. The classic from of the disorder is characterized by sharp shooting pain in the face.
In most cases, trigeminal neuralgia is triggered by a blood vessel that is pressed on the trigeminal nerve near the brain stem. As a result of constant rubbing and compression, the protective coating of the nerve begins wearing away. The intense pain may be an isolated incidence or a continuous occurrence.
Symptoms typically include stabbing pain to one side of the face. The pain tends to be described as a severe electric shock, made worse by tough chewing or exposure to cold. Episodes can last for days, weeks, or months. Patients tend to feel pain in areas supplied by the trigeminal nerve, including cheek, jaw, gums, teeth, lips, eyes, and forehead.
At MacKenzie SDI, our pain specialists incorporate a comprehensive pain management treatment plan to help ease suffering while improving your quality of life. Our class IV laser therapy improves nerve function while effectively treating pain. If you suffer from trigeminal neuralgia, contact our experts today to schedule your free consultation.