What Is Trigeminal Neuralgia and What Causes It?

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Is there treatment for trygemimal noralgia?
The treatment often starts with medication, including carbamazepine (Tegretol, Carbatrol, others), muscle-relaxing agents such as baclofen (Gablofen, Lioresal), and Botox injection. Gradually, some patients may no longer respond to medication, in this case, surgery is an alternative.
The main cause of classical Trigeminal neuralgia, also known as TN-1, is an artery or vein pressing against the protective covering of the trigeminal nerve. Slowly over time the compression will wear away the protective nerve covering.  When the nerve finally becomes exposed it becomes hyper sensitive to all stimulus and causes horrific shock or electrical like pain that last momentarily.  The electrical shocks may come in waves but the "drop to the floor" pain comes and goes without warning.  This is the main kind of pain produced.  Some people may feel horrific pain in their nose, ear or other facial area.  The very best treatment for classic trigeminal neuralgia is a Microvascular Decompression surgery.  It's known as a MVD.  It has the highest level of success.  Pain medication for classic trigeminal neuralgia (TN-1) in not effective.  Nerve block medication is the most effective and is often used as a test to made a diagnosis of classic trigeminal neuralgia. Over time higher and higher doses of nerve medication is required to manage the pain.  Remember my response is only for classic trigeminal neuralgia also known as TN-1.  Carbamazepine was very effective for me until I had a successful Microvascular Decompression by a highly experienced neurosurgeon that has performed thousands of these surgeries.  I used Dr. Robert Mericle in Nashville Tennessee in November 2017 and have been pain and med free since.
I was just diagnosed in ER 2 weeks ago. I’ve actually have had it since December went to the dentist than the dentist filled a reseeding gum line. I came back 2 weeks later and said it still bothers me but it more bearable than before. He said he couldn’t fill any higher and I would just have to deal with it. Than by the end of December it went away. At the end of February it came back . I figured I’d had to wait till June to be check again. You know till my 6 month check up. Than about a week and a half before June the pain got so bad . It went from my teeth gums nose eye burning shocking pain to my head check to my head. Than the dentist said it was not my teeth nor gums to see an ENT DR. The pIn kept on getting worse I had to go to ER. They did cat scan. They said it was not my sinuses. That I had all of the symptoms for Trigeminal Neurelgia . And the ER DR. Told me to go se a Neurologist and gave meCarbamazeepine 200mg twice a day. ER. Dr said if it helps me great than that’s what I have:(  I don’t Ike being on prescription drugs. I’m looking for natural that can help me. I try to be without the pill for a day or just take it once a day and it comes back. I’m so sad. I don’t want to be Ike this it’s so painful
Natural medicines are optional, but I advise against using them. They have no definite therapeutic effect. Prescription drugs are the best choice. Surgery can also be used as a final treatment.
Literally hundreds of natural treatments are recommended for trigeminal neuralgia, from herbal supplements to meditation to visualization. Many claim they can “cure” trigeminal neuralgia, but like many conditions, there is no true cure for trigeminal neuralgia, only intervention and management. The most popular of the natural treatments that claim to offer relief are covered here.

Dietary Modifications
It’s been suggested in some circles that increasing your intake of certain vitamins, minerals and compounds can alleviate trigeminal neuralgia symptoms. Many of the recommended substances can help support a stronger immune system and lower inflammatory responses, but will not bring about enough relief to be significant. Eating certain foods and avoiding others (unless recommended by your medical team) also has little effect on TGN symptoms.

Herbal Supplements
In general, herbal supplements are not capable of bringing about medically-significant changes, and trigeminal neuralgia is no exception. It’s important to err on the side of caution when using herbs because they can interfere with other medications you are taking. As with vitamin and mineral supplements, certain herbs can help support overall health, but no scientific evidence supports their use as an effective trigeminal neuralgia natural treatment.

Hot or Cold Compresses
It might seem as though applying heat or cold to your face would help bring pain relief. This can be effective for toothaches or TMJ, so it stands to reason it would be good for TGN too. Unfortunately, it’s quite the contrary. Often, applying heat or cold (or even touching your face) can trigger trigeminal neuralgia.

Meditation and Yoga
Another common suggestion for trigeminal neuralgia natural treatment is to practice meditation or yoga. Both are excellent for lowering blood pressure, de-stressing and calming the mind, but they don’t provide any significant or long-term relief for trigeminal neuralgia.
Is there treatment for trygemimal noralgia?
The treatment often starts with medication, including carbamazepine (Tegretol, Carbatrol, others), muscle-relaxing agents such as baclofen (Gablofen, Lioresal), and Botox injection. Gradually, some patients may no longer respond to medication, in this case, surgery is an alternative.
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