Trigeminal Neuralgia (Facial Nerve Pain) (cont.)
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What Are the Exams and Tests Used to Diagnose Trigeminal Neuralgia?
Your doctor must rule out a variety of other causes of facial pain besides trigeminal neuralgia, including various unusual forms of headache.
Are There Home Remedies for Trigeminal Neuralgia?
Because the pain stems from nerves deep inside your skull, no home remedy is effective.
What Is the Medical Treatment for Trigeminal Neuralgia?
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Trigeminal neuralgia is extremely painful but not life threatening. Thus, a goal of therapy is minimizing dangerous side effects.
Medications used to treat trigeminal neuralgia are those used for many other nerve pain syndromes-drugs originally designed to treat seizures.
These antiseizure agents suppress excessive nerve tissue activity, which is the cause of the painful syndrome. As a result, they are useful in conditions such as trigeminal neuralgia.
Pain specialists use invasive therapy, including nerve blocks, nerve destruction, and nerve decompression techniques, as well as drug therapy to treat trigeminal neuralgia.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/24/2016
Edward Lubin, MD, PhD
Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
James Ungar, MD
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