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Trigeminal Neuralgia Treatment in Akron & Canton

What is Trigeminal Neuralgia?

Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is a chronic pain condition that affects the trigeminal (5th cranial nerve). This nerve is the nerve that is responsible for distributing sensation from your face to your brain. Those that suffer from trigeminal neuralgia suffer from an extreme, sporadic, or sudden burning facial pain that can last up to a couple of minutes. Simple tasks such as brushing your teeth can trigger a jolt of pain in the face. Trigeminal neuralgia is most common in women over the age of 50.

Symptoms & Triggers of Trigeminal Neuralgia

Symptoms


It is important to keep out for the following signs and symptoms to help identify if you are suffering from trigeminal neuralgia:

  • Sudden severe, stabbing to a constant aching, burning sensation of the face
  • Facial pain lasting from several seconds to a few minutes
  • Pain in areas of the cheek, jaw, teeth, gums, lips, and sometimes the eye and forehead
  • Attacks become more frequent and more painful over time
  • Sudden painful attacks that are triggered by touching the face, chewing, speaking, or brushing teeth

Triggers


  • Touching your face
  • Eating
  • Drinking
  • Brushing teeth
  • Speaking
  • Putting on makeup
  • Smiling
  • Shaving

Causes of Trigeminal Neuralgia

Trigeminal neuralgia can occur due to several reasons including:

  • A blood vessel pressing on the trigeminal nerve as it leaves the brain stem
  • Aging
  • Multiple Sclerosis or a similar disorder that causes a deterioration of the trigeminal nerve’s myelin sheath
  • A tumor compressing the trigeminal nerve
  • Brain lesion or abnormality

Treatment for Facial Pain in Akron & Canton, OH

There are several treatment options for trigeminal neuralgia, including medications, surgeries, and natural remedies.

Medications:

  • Anticonvulsants
  • Antispasmodic Agents
  • Botox Injections
  • Tricyclic Antidepressants to treat pain

Surgery:

There are several neurosurgical procedures that are available to treat trigeminal neuralgia, depending on how the of level pain. If the pain is frequent and severe enough, your physician may refer you to a specialist or a neurosurgeon.

Contact the Center For Neuro and Spine at (330) 665-4100 or (330) 458-4236 for our Canton location to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced physicians and surgeons. We are proud to offer our patients access to some of the region’s most advanced neurosurgical care for the treatment of brain conditions. With over 100 years of combined experience, our neurosurgeons have had the privilege to provide brain care to the residents of Summit County for over 30 years!