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The Gender Gap in Pain

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

“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?

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

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

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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In Your Face Trigeminal Neuralgia: One Young Woman’s Journey to Climb Past the Pain

“If my story can inspire someone or give a little bit of hope – I think I’ll be the happiest person in the world.” Karolina Toman was a typical young woman living in Warsaw, Poland, with much of her time focused on her passions: horses and mountain climbing. However, after her first trigeminal neuralgia attack […]

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Disability Coverage

Sometimes the TN pain or the side effects from medication or surgery become such a problem that people are unable to work. The Social Security Administration extends benefits to individuals who cannot work because they have a medical condition that is expected to last at least one year or to result in death. When considering […]

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Student Helps Mom Deal With Her TN

Michael Brown would appear to be your typical 11th grader, except that Michael is exceptional in his passion, ability to work hard and research for answers, which takes up a lot of normal teenage time. He is also driven to go above and beyond to help his mom and other people with Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN).

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Excerpt From Psychology of Pain, Pt 1

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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