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Support Groups for TNA

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What’s great about the Trigeminal Neuralgia (FPA)/Facial Pain community is we are all willing to help others cope, learn, and understand the disorder. This community is not limited to patients, either. The collective are for caregivers, patients, and doctors. Throughout different areas, you are likely to find support groups that meet for those who suffer …

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TN: A Primer for the Oral Health Care Professional and Patients

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What is Trigeminal Neuralgia? Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) also known as tic douloureux, is an excruciating facial pain that tends to come and go in sudden shock-like attacks. For some, it will be relentless, lightning-like bolts of pain. Classic TN has distinct symptoms which clearly separate it from other forms of facial pain: It is usually unilateral pain, only occurring …

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Leesa Morrow – Living With Pain

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At the 2013 FPA National Conference, Leesa Morrow, PhD shares extensive detail of how to effectively live with chronic pain, including facial nerve pain. Dr. Morrow discusses  research that examines the formation of personality as an inherited trait and how it affects your personal experience with pain.  She also provides symptoms and data associated with depression, and …

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Maintaining a Positive Attitude

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We are continually looking for ways of coping with neuropathic facial pain. Until a cure is found, it is important to keep a positive attitude. Facing pain everyday makes this very difficult to do. Sometimes we must reach out to a fellow sufferer of pain to find new ways of coping. One such person is Deborah Barrett, PhD, MSW, LCSW. Dr. Barrett draws from her professional experience and “the empathy that comes from life in the pain trenches.”

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Questions About The Cause of Trigeminal Neuralgia Inspire New Genetics Study by The Facial Pain Research Foundation

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Three pioneers in pain research are gearing up for an international study aimed at determining whether genetics plays a role in the excruciating facial pain of trigeminal neuralgia. The study begins at a time of increasing scientific evidence that the source of the pain is something more than the well-known injurious compression of the trigeminal nerve.

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Recent Case Study Identifies Trigeminal Neuralgia on MRI Scans

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A new case study published in the Romanian Journal of Morphology & Embryology looks at the trigeminal nerve in MRI images. The research illuminates the anatomy of the trigeminal nerve, but may also hold clues to how trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is caused in some people.

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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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