Trigeminal neuralgia is a chronic pain condition that affects the trigeminal nerve, which carries sensation from face to brain. If you have trigeminal neuralgia, even mild stimulation of your face - such as from brushing your teeth or putting on makeup - may trigger a jolt of excruciating pain. You may initially experience short, mild attacks, but trigeminal neuralgia can progress, causing longer, more frequent bouts of searing pain. Trigeminal neuralgia affects women more often than men, and it's more likely to occur in people who are older than 50.
In trigeminal neuralgia, also called tic douloureux, the trigeminal nerve's function is disrupted. Usually, the problem is contact between a normal blood vessel - in this case, an artery or a vein - and the trigeminal nerve, at the base of your brain. This contact puts pressure on the nerve and causes it to malfunction. Trigeminal neuralgia can occur as a result of aging, or it can be related to multiple sclerosis or a similar disorder that damages the myelin sheath protecting certain nerves. Less commonly, trigeminal neuralgia can be caused by a tumor compressing the trigeminal nerve. Some people may experience trigeminal neuralgia due to a brain lesion or other abnormalities. In other cases, a cause can't be found.
TriggersA variety of triggers may set off the pain of trigeminal neuralgia, including:
- Stroking your face
- Brushing your teeth
- Putting on makeup
- Encountering a breeze
- Washing your face
Trigeminal neuralgia symptoms may include one or more of these patterns:
- Occasional twinges of mild pain
- Episodes of severe, shooting or jabbing pain that may feel like an electric shock
- Spontaneous attacks of pain or attacks triggered by things such as touching the face, chewing, speaking and brushing teeth
- Bouts of pain lasting from a few seconds to several seconds
- Episodes of several attacks lasting days, weeks, months or longer - some people have periods when they experience no pain
- Pain in areas supplied by the trigeminal nerve, including the cheek, jaw, teeth, gums, lips, or less often the eye and forehead
- Pain affecting one side of your face at a time
- Pain focused in one spot or spread in a wider pattern
- Attacks becoming more frequent and intense over time.
Homeopathic treatment works in the following manner:
- Relieving the intensity, frequency and duration of attacks
- Controlling the underlying process of nerve damage
- Enhancing pain threshold
Advantages of homeopathic treatment for Trigeminal Neuralgia:
- It is very effective even in resistant cases.
- It may be taken along with traditional medicines prescribed by neuro-physician.
- It is absolutely safe and non-toxic. It does not interfere with other medicines.
- It helps to reduce (and stop) the dose of conventional medicines for TN, once the improvement sets in. However, withdrawal of the medicine could be done slowly and under supervision of local physician
- It significantly helps to reduce the frequency and severity of TN attacks.
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