Trigeminal Neuralgia Treatment
What causes this intensely painful face and tooth pain?
According to the Brain Foundation of Australia, trigeminal neuralgia is characterised by sudden, severe, stabbing or electric shock-like pain felt in one side of your jaw or teeth. This pain may also radiate into your eye or head, as these areas are also innervated by the trigeminal nerve. While this pain is commonly attributed to nerve pressure or irritation (which is a very distinct possibility), this is not always the case.
Many of our patients report that trigeminal neuralgia feels like “they want to rip their tooth out” or that “it feels like an ice pick going into my face and eye”. Patients also commonly report that at times, their neck can be sore or stiff on the same side, or that a different, “weaker” pain may persist even between trigeminal neuralgia attacks.
The causes of your Trigeminal Neuralgia
Your trigeminal neuralgia could be caused by previous dental or orthodontic work, jaw injury, car accident or whiplash injury, or perhaps have no cause at all. What is important is that, at the onset of your trigeminal neuralgia pain, the cause is correctly diagnosed.
The sensation from the trigeminal nerve passes through an area of your brainstem called the trigeminocervical nucleus. But this nerve isn’t the only information that passes through this area. Sensations from your head, upper neck, and blood vessels in your brain also pass through it, and can be regulated by a chemical called serotonin (which affects your mood and stress levels). So what does this mean for trigeminal neuralgia sufferers?
In short, it might not actually be your jaw or tooth which is the underlying problem. In fact, it can actually be any of the sensations coming from any body part that passes through this nucleus. This makes what should be a normal or a less severe warning signal, such as “stiffness”, feel painful or even excruciating.
To solve the problem of your trigeminal neuralgia, the Headache and Pain Management Centre team will find out what is making your nucleus sensitive – and establish whether the top of your neck is the cause.
Is your trigeminal neuralgia caused by your neck?
The top of your neck is now understood to be the major causative factor for headache and migraine conditions. And at the Headache and Pain Management Centre, our clinical experience shows that trigeminal neuralgia also can be caused by the neck.
If we find your neck is an issue, then other “triggers” for trigeminal neuralgia will become an issue as well. This is because the area of the brain that the information from the neck passes through, is the same area of the brain that the information from your face and teeth passes through. This is why your trigeminal neuralgia symptoms can be different on different days, or come on seemingly at random.
How we diagnose and treat your Trigeminal Neuralgia
At the Headache and Pain Management Centre, our clinicians use world-first headache treatment techniques to diagnose where your pain is coming from, and treat that specific cause.
We know what we are looking for. We don’t guess what triggers your Trigeminal Neuralgia. You won’t need to play ‘trial and error’ with medications. At your first consultation, we will be able to tell you if your neck is the underlying cause of your Trigeminal Neuralgia.
We understand what you’re going through when you suffer from a headache – and we have the answers that can help. For your personalised Trigeminal Neuralgia treatment, please call us on 1300 16 55 33 or use the contact form above.