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Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) - What is it?

Posted Jan 14 2009 8:26pm

OBTAINED from Bonnie at: http://scamparoo.wordpress.com/2008/03/26/trigeminal-neuralgia-tn/

Tr igeminal Neuralgia (TN)



What is it?

TN is an extremely severe facial pain that tends to come and go unpredictably in sudden shock-like attacks. The pain is often described as stabbing, shooting, excruciating, burning, extremely strong. The pain usually lasts for a few seconds, but there can be many bursts of pain in quick succession. It is a chronic disorder of the trigeminal nerve (or 5th cranial nerve).

The Trigeminal Nerve has 3 branches (or divisions):

1) The upper 1st branch (Ophthalmic) which runs above the eye, forehead, and front of the head.
2) The middle 2nd branch (Maxillary) which runs through the cheek, upper jaw, teeth and gum, side of the nose.
3) The lower 3rd branch (Mandibular) which runs through the lower jaw, teeth, and gums.

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What is it?

TN is an extremely severe facial pain that tends to come and go unpredictably in sudden shock-like attacks. The pain is often described as stabbing, shooting, excruciating, burning, extremely strong. The pain usually lasts for a few seconds, but there can be many bursts of pain in quick succession. It is a chronic disorder of the trigeminal nerve (or 5th cranial nerve).

The Trigeminal Nerve has 3 branches (or divisions):

1) The upper 1st branch (Ophthalmic) which runs above the eye, forehead, and front of the head.
2) The middle 2nd branch (Maxillary) which runs through the cheek, upper jaw, teeth and gum, side of the nose.
3) The lower 3rd branch (Mandibular) which runs through the lower jaw, teeth, and gums.

» Read More

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