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Maintaining a Positive Attitude

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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