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Tips From Patients for Coping With Facial Pain and Trigeminal Neuralgia

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Below are tips that we have received in the past from patients who suffer from Trigeminal Neuralgia or Facial Pain.  This information is intended to supplement your general knowledge. Be sure to speak with a qualified medical professional and/or other appropriate healthcare professionals before taking any other advice.

Practicing healthy habits is a great way to help you feel better. Start by eating a healthy diet and getting adequate amounts of rest. After speaking with your doctor to determine what exercises are safe for you to perform, engage in regular exercise.

Relaxation techniques may help to relieve pain caused by Trigeminal Neuralgia or facial pain. Some options for relaxation are hypnosis, meditation, and visualization.  Contact a local yoga or meditation center to learn more about these practices.

Caring for your emotional health is often forgotten. It is imperative that you speak to a doctor or family/friends about how you are feeling mentally and physically. In some cases, your doctor may prescribe medication or suggest cognitive behavioral therapy (which may include relaxation techniques or psychological therapy). People who suffer from chronic pain may experience symptoms of anxiety, depression, and/or sleep disturbances.

Join a support group. Although the team at FPA suggests this often, we find that it is very helpful for patients suffering from chronic facial pain.  The support groups through TNA allow patients, loved ones, and physicians from all around the world to join together and discuss topics pertaining to TN and facial pain. Sharing feelings, tips, and more can help yourself and others.

Treatment options are out there. Stay educated by joining support groups, speaking with your doctor, and visiting the FPA website to learn more. Know what options are best for you and your body. Every patient is different.

Ask for referrals for doctors from those who are active in treatment or received treatment for facial pain in the past. You can also find doctors through the FPA website.

If you have tips that you feel will help those who have recently been diagnosed with facial pain, please contact the The Facial Pain Association team, today!  We would love to share your tips with patients, friends, family, and physicians.  For more information about The Facial Pain Association, please visit our website!

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