It is a chronic painful condition in which you feel a pain that starts at top of the ear and split in three directions towards your eyes, cheeks, and jaw. In almost all cases it affects one side of the face. Initially, it is not much pain and ends shortly but as it progresses it becomes more painful and lasts for longer periods.
It mostly affects people who are 50 plus so we can say it’s age-related and it is more common in women as compared to men
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It usually occurs spontaneously with age but sometimes facial injury or improperly perform dental issues can also lead to trigeminal neuralgia. It may be caused by a blood vessel that is pressing the trigeminal nerve. With time the pulse of the artery rubbing against the nerve can cause demyelination of the trigeminal nerve which can trigger trigeminal neuralgia. Rarely multiple sclerosis and tumor can cause this condition
Most of the time the pain is confused with dental pain by patients but an expert doctor can easily diagnose it on basis of symptoms its symptoms are
- Sharp, unbearable, intense, stabbing episode of pain in the jaw
- Spasm or burning feeling
- Pain affecting one side of the face
- An episode of pain lasting from a few minutes to hours.
- The pain becomes more frequent with time.
Some of the activities that can trigger this pain are
- Touching your face
- Brushing your teeth
- Washing face
- Or using facial muscles during any activity
It is a pain that includes muscular pain because of the trigeminal nerve so an expert neuro physical therapist can help to depress the symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia. The main goal of the treatment will be to reduce pain and restore the functions. It can include a set of treatments including facial acupuncture, Heat or ice therapy, stress management, several facial muscles exercises to cope with pain, and relaxation techniques as well to relax facial muscles after a period of pain.
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This pain is severe and affects basic daily functions such as drinking and eating. Along with medications and expert physical therapists can help you to deal with symptoms more easily. In addition to that regular physical therapy, treatments can significantly reduce pain and achieve normal functions back. The degree of recovery depends on how much the nerve is damaged and your dedication as well. Make sure you follow all the guidelines of your physical therapist and attend physical therapy sessions on time so that you will get the maximum benefit from this.