Severe facial pain is immediately disruptive to everyday life. And unless you were in a recent accident, you may not have any clue what’s causing sudden and significant pain over one or more areas of your face.
The trigeminal nerve is one of the most common sources of chronic facial pain on one side of the face. At first, many people mistake trigeminal pain for a dental abscess or a migraine condition. But if you’ve been living with facial pain for more than six months, your dental examinations are all clear, and traditional pain medications aren’t effective, you may be suffering from neuropathic pain stemming from the trigeminal nerve.
Keep reading to learn signs and symptoms that indicate the trigeminal nerve is causing your chronic pain.
The trigeminal nerve is a cranial nerve that carries sensations from the face to your brain. It’s actually a pair of nerves — one on each side of the face. Each nerve has three branches that control sensations in different areas of the face and mouth.
Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) — also called tic douloureux — is a chronic pain condition that develops when the trigeminal nerve becomes injured, damaged or compressed. In many cases, TN occurs when a nearby blood vessel presses against the nerve and causes pressure, irritation and malfunction. TN can also develop with age (it’s most common in women over 50), a tumor, facial trauma, a stroke, or as a result of multiple sclerosis.
TN is one of the most painful medical conditions ever recorded. Cycles of sharp, stabbing, burning or electric facial pain come and go spontaneously or as a result of activities that wouldn’t normally cause pain. Many people with TN are afraid to socialize and go out because they live in constant anticipation of the next attack. It can be a physically and mentally crippling condition that leads to severe depression, anxiety and social isolation.
Luckily, there are treatments available to help reduce pain and help people with TN regain their quality of life. Read on to learn common signs and symptoms of TN and the treatments available.
Trigeminal neuralgia typically causes distinct symptoms that meet one of more of these patterns:
Trigeminal neuralgia is a chronic, progressive condition that’s usually managed with medications and surgery.
Because medications often become less effective over time, surgery is the treatment of choice for many people suffering from TN. There are multiple procedures used to reduce pain and symptoms, with varying levels of success.
Over-the-counter pain medications are typically not effective for managing trigeminal nerve pain.
As we’ve mentioned above, some people with TN stop responding well to medications and surgery isn’t always effective for long-lasting relief. Is there an alternative option for people suffering from excruciating trigeminal neuralgia?
At Radiant Pain Relief Centres, we perform scrambler therapy to help people living with chronic, debilitating pain. The procedure uses cutaneous (skin surface) electrostimulation to retrain the brain to accept non-pain, non-threat information. Our FDA-cleared device digitally creates and sends synthetic, rapidly changing, non-pain nerve transmissions across the same nerve fibers sending pain signals. Over the course of several treatment sessions, the brain will come to accept the new non-pain, non-threat signals as the correct message. Scrambler therapy helps restore the brain to a healthy perception of pain and provides long-lasting relief for the majority of our patients.
Scrambler therapy has proven effective for people suffering from chronic, neuropathic pain that hasn’t responded to traditional treatments. The therapy is non-invasive and quite safe.
Radiant Pain Relief Centres exclusively performs scrambler therapy for the treatment of chronic pain. We treat a wide range of chronic conditions that affect multiple body parts. Because of our exclusivity, our center has a level of experience and expertise you won’t find anywhere else. On average, our patients experience an 84% reduction in pain, and more than 90% of our patients conclude therapy with a pain score of zero or near zero.
We have a start-to-finish comprehensive care model and payment plans that make scrambler therapy accessible and affordable for everyone with chronic pain. We offer a free evaluation and free treatment session so that you can make an informed decision on whether or not this treatment is right for you before you invest.
It’s time to take the leap and find lasting relief for your chronic pain. Call us today or submit a contact form for more information.