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Trigeminal Neuralgia and SUNCT Strongly Related

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Trigeminal neuralgia and a condition known as SUNCT (short-lasting unilateral neuralgiform headache with conjunctival injection and tearing) display similar symptoms, including recurring, shock-like pain. Because both conditions manifest as pain on the side of the face, and because of the similar triggering factors for each, the two conditions are thought to be closely related. A …

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Researchers in India Find Support for MVD Procedure on TN Patients

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According to an article published in the Asian Journal of Neurosurgery, microvascular decompression surgery (MVD) is the best option for many sufferers of trigeminal neuralgia (TN).

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Sage Advice from a Veteran

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Does your diagnosis and some of what you’re reading on line scare and worry you? If so by joining the FP Network, you are already making your first wise decision. Most of us on the FP Network have shared the same fears, questions, and doubts. So we understand, are willing to be your support network, and share our experiences, hope, and strength. It’s important that you keep the faith and rely on the fact that relief is possible. Here are a few hard won lessons that I’ve learned and can share with you:

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Chairman of the Board Jeffrey Bodington Update 2013

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We will not rest. Coming months will bring new focus to our efforts to educate front-line healthcare professionals in diagnosing neuropathic facial pain disease. Facial pain disease is rare; the annual incidence of classic trigeminal neuralgia averages approximately 4.3 per 100,000 people and very little data exist on the incidence of other neuropathic facial pain diseases. The healthcare professionals who many of you visited first about that excruciating pain may have received little training in these diseases and many of those professionals see only a few cases in a career – that makes fast and accurate diagnosis a challenge.

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New Research May Reveal Non-Pharmaceutical Solution to TN Pain

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New research in the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry points to a potential new option for chronic pain sufferers: the brain’s own natural painkillers. The study built off of previous research that indicated that electric stimulation reduces pain for migraine suffers. The new study tested the same technique on a patient with trigeminal neuropathic pain.

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Korean Researchers Help Predict Whether MVD Will Work in TN Patients

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A group of researchers in Korea have published findings in the Journal of Clinical Neuroscience which may help doctors predict whether or not microvascular decompression (MVD) surgery will work for individual trigeminal neuralgia (TN) patients.

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Research Suggests Cannabis is a Complicated Painkiller

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The effect of using cannabis as a painkiller is not well understood by science, though many people suffering from pain have touted its effectiveness. A new study conducted at the University of Oxford is furthering the research on cannabis, but the results only highlight the complicated character of nature’s painkiller.

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Nerve Clues: New Research on Mice May Help Understand Pain

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Research being conducted at the Institute for Basic Biomedical Science at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine is bringing scientists closer to understanding the mechanics of sensory nerves. Advanced techniques have allowed the researchers to map the skin nerves of mice and the results, along with molecular and neurological information, could help scientists and doctors better understand all forms of sensory input – including pain.

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Hope for People with Morphine Hypersensitivity

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If you’ve ever taken morphine only to have your pain increase, then you may suffer from morphine hypersensitivity. For those suffering from chronic pain, it can be terrible and despairing to find out that morphine only makes your pain worse. But there is new research being conducted which is revealing how morphine hypersensitivity works, offering new hope to people who experience it.

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