Trigeminal Neuralgia

I live with trigeminal neuralgia which causes pain in my face and head. This is an extremely painful and debilitating condition.

I have several posts on my blog about the condition, including one about emergency treatments when pain is out of control.

What is Trigeminal Neuralgia?

The trigeminal nerve is one of twelve pairs of cranial nerves. We have one on both sides of the face. Each nerve enters the face just above the ear and splits into three branches.

  • The top branch (V1 – the ophthalmic nerve) covers the eye, forehead area and goes from the bridge to the tip of the nose.
  • The middle branch ( V2 – the maxillary nerve) covers the upper jaw, cheek, side of nose, top lip, palate, part of tongue, top teeth and gums.
  • The bottom branch (V3 – the mandibular nerve) covers the chin and lower jaw area as well as part of the ear, the bottom lip, bottom teeth, gums and part of the tongue.
Picture of a face showing the trigeminal nerve along with words to describe the pain.

Sometimes the trigeminal nerve sends pain signals to the brain. There may be a reason for the pain signals such as pressure on the nerve from a blood vessel, a tumour or trauma to the face or head. However, very often, the reason is unknown.

What does Trigeminal Neuralgia Feel Like?

The condition normally affects just one side of the face but can happen on both. Either one, two or all three branches can be affected.

The pain can feel like an electric shock or a bolt of lightning. This type of pain can come and go. Some sufferers can have remission periods which can last for weeks, months or even years in a few cases.

Some people have constant pain (atypical trigeminal neuralgia) which can ache, burn, throb and stab. There is normally no remission periods with this type of pain.

Many people have both types.

There are several types of trigeminal neuralgia and there are treatments and medications which can help. More information can be found about them on my Facebook Awareness and Information page, End Trigeminal Neuralgia.

Helpful Posts About Trigeminal Neuralgia on my Blog

Awareness Posts (Including Submission From Other Sufferers)

My Posts About Trigeminal Neuralgia on Other Websites

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7 thoughts on “Trigeminal Neuralgia

  1. alan beresford

    I HAVE T.N SOME TIMES 50 TIMES A DAY ONE DAY MORNING ONLY I HAD IT 84 THIMES THE PAIN TAKES IT OUT OF YOU AND YOU JUST WANT TO SLEEP I HAVE BEEN THINKING ABOUT TAKING MY OWN LIFE BUT THE COST MY WIFE FACES WITH ITS NOT RIGHT

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