Mechanicsville, Virginia Chiropractor –Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) is described as one of the most severe pains know to man. It is a disorder which produces sudden horrendous pain in the trigeminal nerver. The trigeminal nerver involves the head and face. This means the pain strikes in nerve branches across the nose, lips, ears, eyes, tongue, scalp, forehead and the jaws. It is usually on one side and the pain gets worse with time.
The pain is so intense that TN is often referred to as the “suicide disease.” James Tomasi, who had TN for twelve years, said in his book, What Time Tuesday? “The pain started as a series of jolts that progressively became a steady, throbbing pain. Sometimes, it was like drill going through my molars in my upper right jaw. Then, it would suddenly stop. Certain things would trigger the pain: a touch with a toothbrush, soap on my cheek, opening my mouth, speaking, turning my head too fast, even a slight breeze. Other times, I would awaken to the sensation of an electric drill driving bits into the back of my eyeball. It was unbearable that I would scream out loud while I held the pillow over my face.”
There are medical treatments for TN beyond the pharmaceuticals, which include, Tegretol, Neurontin (both anti-seizure meds), Trileptal, Topamax, Depakote and even anti-depressants. Surgery is the next consideration if the medicine does not prove affective. The surgeries are an attempt to damage the nerve, to remove the portion that causes pain. Some of the most common surgical procedures are:
- Radio-frequency Rhizotomy
- Glycerol Rhizotomy
- Balloon Compression
- Microvascular Decompression
- Gamma Knife
From an Upper Cervical Health Centers pamflet on TN, “A recent medical report revealed a 50% failure rate for the treatment of TN. There are many published case studies which show Upper Cervical chiropractic care has help patients with TN. A larger pilot study at Life University showed great results. The participants received upper cervical care over 8 weeks. Every TN patient who participated had major pain relief within the first four weeks and continued to improve gradually ofter that. It was suggested upper cervical misalignments (subluxations) contributed to the hyperactive state of the nerve, which causes the severe facial pain.”
The goal of upper cervical chiropractic care is to correct spinal misalignment which allows the your nerves, brain stem, and nervous system to heal and function normally. This means there is hope for relief from the pain from trigeminal neuralgia.
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