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Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) is a relatively rare condition affecting the trigeminal nerve. There are two trigeminal nerves, one on each side of the face. They are responsible for perceiving sensation in the face. TN causes chronic pain in this nerve, negatively affecting the patient’s quality of life. 

TN may worsen over time, beginning with mild discomfort in the face and then escalate to longer and more frequent painful attacks. 

Trigeminal Neuralgia Symptoms

The pain associated with TN may occur with any slight touch of the face. These include: 

  • Shaving
  • Speaking
  • Touching your face
  • Applying makeup
  • Brushing your teeth
  • Wind brushing your face
  • Eating
  • Drinking

Trigeminal Neuralgia Causes

Most patients may never know the exact cause of their TN. However, some possible causes may include:

  • Swollen blood vessel placing pressure on the trigeminal nerve
  • Multiple sclerosis

If you are experiencing frequent facial pain, visit Brain2Spine Institute to find a treatment plan that is right for you. To schedule an appointment, call (727) 351-6902.

If you have suffered a severe brain injury, join the Tampa Bay Brain Injury Support Group, an inclusive community of brain injury survivors and caregivers. 

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