Elk Grove Chiropractor Dr. Doug Ferguson DC 95758, Rhino Chiropractic

The 411 On The Condition Called Trigeminal Neuralgia

Trigeminal Neuralgia

The condition known as Trigeminal neuralgia falls under the neuropathic classification. It is unlike other medical conditions that can exist in the body for appreciable periods of time without the patient’s knowledge. That is because it involves a lot of pain, lots and lots of it, that the patient could not ignore it. However, trying to pinpoint the progress of the disease to get to that point is not as simple or as straightforward. But the condition itself, once it has started manifesting, is hard to ignore on account of its excruciating pain.

It would interest you to know that Trigeminal neuralgia goes by a lot of names. One name that it goes by is ‘tic doulourex’. Prosopalgia is yet another. Yet another one is Fothergill’s disease. However, since the name is Trigeminal neuralgia, that means it affects mainly the trigeminal nerve. The presence of the prefix ‘tri’ in the condition’s name implies something to do with the number ‘three.’ It refers to the three branches of the trigeminal nerve. They are the mandibular branch, the maxillary branch, and the ophthalmic branch. The condition can affect any of these branches, or two or even the whole bunch of them. Subsequently, the pain is felt in the areas of the ‘face’ served by the said nerves. Aside from the eye and ear regions, even the nose region and the jawline feel the pain. The forehead, too, is often affected.

If you compare the incidences of men and women having tic doulourex, it is noticeable how women are more prone to this condition. Both men and women can get this condition; it certainly does not choose specific genders. However, women tend to get it more than the males.

Besides gender, age is another risk factor for this particular condition. The progression of this condition might have started at a very early age, but the manifestation (the pain) only occurs once they go beyond the age of 50. That does not mean, however, that younger people are completely safe from the condition known as Trigeminal neuralgia. Some diagnosis for Trigeminal neuralgia have been made among young children, some of them even younger than 5 years old. But statistically speaking, for the most part, this is a condition whose symptoms tend to be experienced by people who are getting on in years: after the age of 50.

When you treat Trigeminal neuralgia, you have to know that it entails a number of things. Firstly, it entails attempting to control the excruciating pain. It would also involve putting neuropathy back on the right track, even if it something very difficult to do. You would be able to correct neuropathy more successfully if diagnosis has been made early and it has been immediately treated right after diagnosis. Medication is the main way to go in many treatments. But surgery is considered by many to be a more permanent treatment, so that is what they choose.

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