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How to Prepare When Seeking a Diagnosis for Orofacial Pain

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Editor’s note: This article has been written to outline the components of a comprehensive orofacial pain evaluation; to empower you as a patient (and your loved ones) to more adeptly participate in this diagnostic process. Please keep in mind that different healthcare specialties have scopes of practice and may define a “complete” evaluation differently. Importance …

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Stress Exacerbated Systemic Illness

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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 …

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Can you provide a list of medications prescribed for neuropathic facial pain with recommended dosages and side effects? Medical Treatment for Facial Pain, by Jeffrey Cohen, MD   I am looking for information on dental work, hygiene, and treatments for patients with mouth pain. Dental Care with Concomitant Neuropathic Orofacial Pain, by Henry A. Gremillion, …

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Can Medical Marijuana Conquer Pain?

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Editor’s note: This article is in response to the many patient inquiries we have received concerning medical marijuana. The FPA does not endorse the use of medical marijuana, or any specific treatment modality, our mission is to educate patients and aid them in advocating for their healthcare. Patients with trigeminal neuralgia and other facial pains …

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The Gender Gap in Pain

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To the list of differences between men and women, we can add one more: the drug-dose gender gap. Doctors and researchers increasingly understand that there can be striking variations in the way men and women respond to drugs, many of which are tested almost exclusively on males. Early this year, for instance, the Food and …

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Teaching the Nervous System to Forget Chronic Pain

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“It was an emergency situation,” she says. The horse Sally was riding was barreling straight towards another, younger horse, and the only way to stop him was to pull back on one rein, hard. She felt a pop in her wrist. Heat shot up her arm, excruciating pain fast on its heels. That was four …

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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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American Dental Association TN Brochure

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This guide is a resource for dentists to diagnose, treat, and talk about trigeminal neuralgia with patients.

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Exploring the Social Impacts of Trigeminal Neuralgia

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Note: this research originally appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of the Quarterly. Abstract Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN), which is a neuropathic chronic pain condition that affects the trigeminal nerve in a patient’s face, is known as one of the most painful conditions in the medical world. The potential social impacts of TN are considered using …

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