Facial Pain – Trigeminal Neuralgia

Do you have electric shock like pain on the face that comes on and off often times on one side of the face or sometimes on both sides of the face and get worse with touching the face, brushing teeth and chewing?

Then you most likely suffer from trigeminal neuralgia. This is a condition that is caused by pressure or damage to a trigeminal nerve that sends sensations from your face to the brain. It is thought that around 6,000 people in the UK have trigeminal neuralgia every year. And it is more common in women between the ages of 50 and 60 years.

You should book an appointment with a doctor (GP) if you have repeated on and off pain on the face. The GP will ask you some questions about the problem and also conduct a visual examination during a video consultation to find out what could be the cause of the facial pain.

There is a treatment with a medication called Carbamazepine which a GP can prescribe at low dose and for a short period initially if you are diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia but you will need monitoring and follow up with your regular GP to check the response to treatment. It will also be advisable to keep a daily pain dairy. Your GP can refer you to a specialist if your pain does not improve or you develop additional worrying symptoms.

Living with trigeminal neuralgia can be very difficult. It can have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life, however the treatment available do help in most cases.

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