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Trigeminal Neuralgia. Morganne Brown IT 2010 GSU November 7, 2013. What is it?. Sharp, shooting pain that stems from the fifth cranial nerve. Pain lasts short amounts of time, typically and is said to be the most excruciating pain that exists. Origins of the Disease. Mostly unknown

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Trigeminal neuralgia

Trigeminal Neuralgia

Morganne Brown

IT 2010 GSU

November 7, 2013


What is it

What is it?

  • Sharp, shooting pain that stems from the fifth cranial nerve.

  • Pain lasts short amounts of time, typically and is said to be the most excruciating pain that exists.


Origins of the disease

Origins of the Disease

  • Mostly unknown

  • Some possibilities are:

    • Aging

    • Multiple Sclerosis

    • Traumatic Accidents

      • For example, a massage client of Laura Abbott, MS, LMT was in a car accident that forced her skull bones against the trigeminal nerve, leading to her experiencing trigeminal neuralgia.


Stimulators

Stimulators

  • The slightest of catalysts can trigger pain from the trigeminal nerve in someone that has trigeminal neuralgia.

  • Actions/factors such as:

    • Brushing fingers across face

    • Talking

    • Wind

    • Applying make-up

    • Eating

    • Sneezing


Ways to cope

Ways to Cope

  • Medication

  • Surgery

  • Rhizotomy

    • This causes facial numbness due to the destruction of some of the nerve fibers

  • Drugs such as anticonvulsants

  • Severing of the nerve

    • Causes the face to droop


Statistics

Statistics

  • 15,000 new cases/year in the U.S.

  • Females are more likely to experience it

  • Nicknamed the “suicide disease” because after 3 years of having it, about 50% of people commit suicide

  • Patients tend to be over 50 years old


Summary

Summary

  • This “suicide disease” is largely a mystery to the scientific world.

  • Women over 50 who have MS or have been in a traumatic accident are the most likely to get trigeminal neuralgia.

  • The pain is excruciating and can be stimulated by the simplest brush on the cheek.

  • It deals with the 5th cranial nerve.

  • There are several ways to cope with this disease.


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