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Excerpt From Psychology of Pain, Pt 1

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An example of courage One patient with TN went to a psychotherapist after three failed microvascular decompression surgeries. At that time he was taking more than the highest recommended dose of carbamazepine, much to the consternation of his neurosurgery team. Before developing trigeminal neuralgia, this gentleman worked as an accountant for a local university. He enjoyed a leadership …

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Why Does Pain Get Worse When a Storm Is Coming?

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The next time you watch the weather forecast, notice the barometric pressure, measured in inches. Numbers such as 30.04 will be followed by “rising,” “falling,” or “steady.” Typically, when a low pressure front is coming (and they do, all the time) it signals not only a change in the weather, but a drop in the …

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Doctors’ #1 Source for Healthcare Information: Wikipedia

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Fifty percent of physicians look up conditions on the site, and some are editing articles themselves to improve the quality of available information.

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Chronic Pain: Millions Suffer, Missing Non-Drug Options

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Many people with chronic pain are terrified that if they move, they will damage themselves further. But nothing could be further from the truth.

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Dr. Linksey’s 4 Key Points When It Comes to Pediatric TN

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Recently Dr. Linskey has treated several pediatric trigeminal neuralgia patients. From his perspective as a member of the TNA Medical Advisory Board, he would like to emphasize 4 key points when it comes to pediatric TN: The problem of Traditional US Medical Healthcare training, structure and Culture In the U.S. Adult Neurologists go through four …

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How to Talk About Pain

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LONDON — IN 1926, Virginia Woolf published an essay on pain, “On Being Ill.” Isn’t it extraordinary, she observed, that pain does not rank with “love, battle and jealousy” among the most important themes in literature. She lamented the “poverty of the language of pain.” Every schoolgirl who falls in love “has Shakespeare, Donne, Keats …

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Trigeminal Neuralgia and Future Dental Procedures

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People suffering from facial pain are often concerned that dental procedures will aggravate their pain. TN patients who are pain-free are at lower risk, yet they still fear work within their mouth. Dental work is hardest on those with constant neuropathic facial pain. Tips for Keeping Dental work as painless as possible: Go to the …

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Lessons from the Field: How to be an Empowered Facial Pain Patient, or Parent

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Living with trigeminal neuralgia or any kind of facial pain invariably requires some life changes. Potential work disruption, financial or insurance hurdles, and challenges to relationships (romantic, platonic, and familial alike), are commonly “faced” by every facial pain patient at some point. However, there are a few steps that patients can take to empower themselves …

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