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Coming out of the Facial Pain Closet

Being diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia, or any chronic illness, is no easy pill to swallow. Receiving the diagnosis can be both scary but also oddly welcoming — getting validation of your pain can be a relief. One challenge that comes along with trigeminal neuralgia is figuring out how to tell people in your life about […]

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Debunking an Old Myth about TN

To the best of our knowledge the description of trigeminal neuralgia as the suicide disease originated in the late 19th century. During this time general brain surgery incurred a mortality rate of 90% and was considered tantamount to suicide by many. It goes without saying that brain surgery for TN was crude and dangerous, with […]

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My Story With Facial Pain

I remember it all started in 2006 with constant aching pain on my right eye. I was six months’ expectant with my second born child. It was aching constant pain, I took so much medication which did not help. Upon delivery the pain was still there, but not as much as it was when I […]

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How Neuroplasticity Changed My Brain

This year marks the 24th year I have been dealing with TN type 1 and type 2 and Bell’s Palsy. Before you ask “have you tried…?” Yes, I’ve tried it. I’ve tried it all, it seems. Over a dozen neuropathic medications, a dozen more pain medications like narcotics. I’ve tried microvascular decompression surgery, rhizotomy, motor […]

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Selecting a Complementary and Alternative Medicine Practitioner

Selecting a health care practitioner is an important decision and can be essential to ensuring that you are receiving the best possible care. This fact sheet provides information on selecting a practitioner whose services are part of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), such as acupuncture, chiropractic, and naturopathy. It also suggests sources for additional information. […]

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How to Prepare When Seeking a Diagnosis for Orofacial Pain

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

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

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?

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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