Trigeminal neuralgia is a painful condition caused by a disorder of the fifth cranial nerve, known as the trigeminal nerve, which carries sensation from your face to your brain. If you have trigeminal neuralgia, daily activities like shaving, brushing your teeth or putting on makeup can trigger excruciating pain in your face.
Trigeminal neuralgia can be a frustrating and often debilitating condition. Unfortunately, finding the right treatment can be difficult for some people with trigeminal neuralgia. Certain prescription drugs and surgical procedures can help reduce or eliminate the pain.
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Many conditions can cause facial pain, but a specific diagnosis is important to determine an effective treatment plan for you. To determine if you have trigeminal neuralgia, your physician will consider your medical history and symptoms, and conduct physical and neurological exams.
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