Trigeminal neuralgia is a painful disorder that can affect any of these three nerve branches, though symptoms are generally localized to one side of the face. When symptoms are felt on both sides of the face, this is commonly known as bilateral trigeminal neuralgia.
Causes and Risk Factors
This condition is typically caused by a blood vessel pushing against your trigeminal nerve. Other causes and risk factors of trigeminal neuralgia may include:
While trigeminal neuralgia is not life-threatening, the pain it causes can be debilitating and your condition can deteriorate over time. Common symptoms for this disorder may include:
An Anatomical Overview of Trigeminal Nerves
Your head is comprised of a series of cranial nerves and among this network is a pair of nerves known as trigeminal nerves. These nerves are responsible for letting you feel sensations in your face, with one of these nerves running down each side of your head. Each trigeminal nerve separates into three distinct branches that control feeling for different areas of the face. These three branches are:
There are several modern treatment options available to treat the symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia. If prescription pain medication and other traditional treatment methods have failed to provide relief for your symptoms, the following approaches may be recommended to help eliminate your pain:
If trigeminal neuralgia is eroding your quality of life, Dr. Lewis and the team at Jackson Neurosurgery Clinic are here to help. It is essential to work alongside an experienced and compassionate neurosurgeon who specializes in treating this condition. Dr. Lewis has the necessary skills, tools and education to determine which therapeutic approach will best treat your case and has successfully worked with countless patients who have trigeminal neuralgia. Let us help you manage your symptoms so you can drastically improve your long-term health and well-being.
If you are seeking professional treatment for trigeminal neuralgia, we are here to help. Contact us today at (601) 366-1011 to make an appointment for a consultation. You can also request an appointment online. We’ll find a solution that works for you!