Trigeminal Neuropathic Pain

Sep 25, 2011 Comments Off on Trigeminal Neuropathic Pain by

Trigeminal neuralgiaTrigeminal neuropathic pain is pain that occurs in the face. Some refer to this condition as Tic Douloureux. The pain often occurs over the eye, through the cheek, and into the mouth and jaw. This is a condition that can be difficult to deal with, as it occurs when it wants to occur; so the status of daily activities can be unpredictable and hard to manage.

Trigeminal neuralgia is a type of severe, intermittent facial pain which has often been described as one of the most painful syndromes known to mankind.The pain is usually brief, sharp and stabbing, and can often be triggered by touch, chewing or even a light breeze. Patients may have long pain-free periods followed by severe bouts of recurrent pain which are unpredictable.

Trigeminal neuralgia is thought to be due to loss of the insulation (myelin) around the nerve fibers in the trigeminal nerve, which supplies sensation to the face. This loss of insulation, also called demyelination, causes a “short circuit’ in the nerve, producing abnormal nerve impulses which are perceived by the brain as pain. In many cases, demyelination is caused by compression of the nerve by a blood vessel, near where it exits the brain.

via Trigeminal Neuralgia and Facial Pain – Stanford Hospital & Clinics – Stanford Medicine.

The Mayo Clinic says “Trigeminal neuralgia treatment usually starts with medications, and many people require no additional treatment. However, over time, some people with the disorder eventually stop responding to medications, or they experience unpleasant side effects.”

If you suffer from trigeminal neuropathic pain as many of our clients do, know that if you cannot work, there may be another option to pay your bills through Social Security disability benefits.  Our lawyers are here to help all of those in need of securing their benefits. If you need help and are ready to start the process, don’t delay. Be sure to call us today if you can no longer work and suffer from trigeminal neuropathic pain.

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Diane S. Griffin is a Tar Heel born and bred. She attended the University of North Carolina as one of the first women admitted regularly to the university as a freshman. She studied in France and graduated Phi Beta Kapa with a double major in French and Psychology. After obtaining her Masters in Counseling from Appalachian State University, she moved to Tucaloosa, Alabama where her first son was born. Coming home to North Carolina, she lived in Boone for 25 years and worked at Appalachian State University and as a lawyer in Boone with her own general practice until moving to Raleigh in 2001 to join the Charles T. Hall Law Firm.