Trigeminal Neuralgia

Showing all 4 results

Trigeminal Neuralgia/Occipital Neuralgia/Facial pain is a nerve condition, characterized by sharp, shooting pain on the face.

What Is Trigeminal Neuralgia?

Trigeminal Neuralgia, or tic douloureux is a nerve condition, characterized by sharp, shooting pain on the face. The pain is usually on just one side of the face, and can last from a few seconds to a couple of minutes. TN attacks are frequent and can be a chronic condition.

What are the causes of TN?

Trigeminal Neuralgia is most usually caused due to damaged nerve membrane. If a blood vessel (artery or vein) is close enough to the nerve where it enters the brain stem, it tends to push on the nerve. With every heart beat, the vessel brushes against the membrane around the nerve fiber. The membrane eventually gets ruptured, and the nerve gets exposed. Even a light touch such as shaving or a strong breeze could then trigger pain attacks. TN could also be caused due to tumors and cysts, or as a symptom of multiple sclerosis (MS). Multiple Sclerosis is a condition in which the myelin sheath surrounding the brain, spinal cord and optic nerve are damaged by being attacked by the body’s own immune cells.

What are the Symptoms of Trigeminal Neuralgia?

Sudden severe bursts of pain, like electric shocks on either one side of the face; around the eyes, cheeks or lips, starts from the trigger area and spreads across one side of the face. TN pain is considered to be amongst the most severe of all medical conditions. TN attacks can occur from a few times a day to several times an hour. It usually affects women more than it affects men and is more likely to occur in individuals over 50 years of age.

How is Trigeminal Neuralgia diagnosed?

Trigeminal Neuralgia is best diagnosed on the basis of the patient’s description of the symptoms. A MRI scan can determine the presence of multiple sclerosis or a tumor. Laboratory tests can help rule out the presence of other diseases, but no test can truly confirm for TN. Severe shooting pain, radiating in the facial area best described as a throbbing or electric shock like pain, lasting for a few seconds to about 1-2 minutes at a time is the most indicative.

How is TN Treated?

Trigeminal Neuralgia is a chronic, long term condition and there is currently no conventional cure. Pain killers such as Carbamazepine are prescribed to help subside the pain. Second line of therapy includes Lamotrigine and baclofen. If medication is unsuccessful or presents too many unpleasant side effects, surgery is recommended. The goal of surgical treatment is to prevent pressure from the blood vessels or to damage the nerve just about enough to numb it. One must be aware of potential side effects of surgery, such as facial numbness or hearing loss.

Is there a Safe Effective Way to Treat Trigeminal Neuralgia?

Trigeminal Neuralgia is caused due to damage to the myelien sheath covering/protecting the nerve fibres around the Trigeminal nerve. Exposure of this nerve causes sensitivity, and even a gentle touch could trigger painful sensations. The aim of treatment should be to repair the nerve sheath, and strengthen the nerve fiber.Our three prong approach employs a combination of Ayurveda, Neutraceuticals and Homeopathic treatment.

Ayurveda (Niargim) – Contains a combination of herbs and minerals that work toward
1. Repairing nerve fibres
2. Reducing pain and inflammation
3. Strengthening your nerve tissues

Homeopathy (Neural ease)– Provides your body with bio-energetic information to promote optimal repair and functioning of nerve cells

Nutraceuticals  – Magnesium and Folate are essential to maintain rigidity of nervous tissue. Deficiency in these minerals will slow down repair. Supplementing your body with these minerals will help speed up your healing process and also prevent reccurance.