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Trigeminal Neuralgia

Overview:

Trigeminal neuralgia is a chronic pain condition that affects the trigeminal nerve, the nerve responsible for providing sensation to the face. The symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia include an intense, stabbing, electric-shock-like pain and typically occur in the lower face and jaw. However, it can also affect the surrounding areas, such as the nose and above the eyes. This intense pain in the face is usually caused by irritation of the trigeminal nerve. While trigeminal neuralgia cannot always be cured, there are treatments available to help alleviate the pain. 

Symptoms:

Trigeminal neuralgia symptoms may include:

  • Episodes of severe, shooting or jabbing pain that may feel like an electric shock
  • Uncontrollable facial twitching
  • Constant aching, burning feeling 
  • Pain affecting one side of the face at a time
  • Spontaneous attacks of pain or attacks triggered by touching the face, chewing, smiling, or brushing teeth

Causes:

Trigeminal neuralgia occurs when the trigeminal nerve becomes irritated. Typically, the problem is contact between a normal blood vessel and the trigeminal nerve at the base of the brain. This contact puts pressure on the trigeminal nerve, causing it to malfunction. Other causes of trigeminal neuralgia include the pressure of a tumor on the nerve, which damages the myelin sheath protecting the nerve.

A variety of triggers can set off the pain of trigeminal neuralgia, including:

  • Shaving
  • Touching the face
  • Talking
  • Putting on makeup or other products on the face
  • Eating or drinking
  • Smiling

Treatment:

There are several effective ways to alleviate the pain, including a variety of medications, such as carbamazepine, baclofen, phenytoin, and oxcarbazepine. Other treatment options for trigeminal neuralgia include: 

We understand that each patient’s pain is unique. Therefore, the treatment recommended to each patient will be personalized to fit their condition and lifestyle. Our multi-disciplinary team of physicians offers advanced interventional and minimally-invasive techniques to help treat chronic, complex pain. Schedule an appointment today to discuss your concerns and what treatment options might be right for you!

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Office Locations

Center for Interventional Pain & Spine, LLC has multiple convenient locations to serve you. Get started by requesting an appointment at any of our offices located in Delaware and Pennsylvania areas near major hospitals and highways.

  • Delaware
  • Pennsylvania
Silverside Carr Corporate Center
405 Silverside Road, Suite 104, Wilmington, DE 19809
844-365-PAIN (7246)
302-792-1372
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Brandywine Town Center
3401 Brandywine Parkway, Suite 202, Wilmington, DE 19803
844-365-PAIN (7246)
302-477-6955
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Sandhill Plaza
118 Sandhill Drive, Suite 203, Middletown, DE 19709
844-365-PAIN (7246)
302-378-0941
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The Helen F. Graham Cancer Center
4701 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Suite 1200, Newark, DE 19713
844-365-PAIN (7246)
302-792-1372
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Pike Creek Sports Medicine and Professional Center
3105 Limestone Road, Suite 300, Wilmington, DE 19808
844-365-PAIN (7246)
302-482-2212
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Halpern Medical Plaza
1197 Airport Road, Second Floor, Suite 5, Milford, DE 19963
844-365-PAIN (7246)
302-503-3432
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Surgical Center Affiliations

  • Delaware
  • Pennsylvania
Orthopaedic Specialist Surgery Center
1096 Old Churchmans Road, Newark, DE 19713
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Delaware Outpatient Center for Surgery
774 Christiana Road, Ste 2, Bldg B, Newark, DE 19713
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Wilmington Hospital
501 W. 14th Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
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Wilmington Roxana Canon Arsht Surgicenter
625 W. 12th Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
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First State Surgery Center
1000 Twin C Lane, Suite 200, Newark, DE 19713
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Delaware Surgery Center
200 Banning Street, Suite 110, Dover , DE 19904
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