Trigeminal Neuralgia

Trigeminal Neuralgia Treatment in Hyderabad

Trigeminal neuralgia is a condition that causes sudden and painful sensations on one side of the body. The pain can be felt on the lower face, and jaw and sometimes it can also occur at the nose and above the eyes. This condition is caused by the irritation of the trigeminal nerve. You may experience the pain even while brushing or while eating food. In the beginning, the signs can be mild, but as the disease progresses and if it is left untreated, the signs can get worse.

If you have any signs of trigeminal neuralgia, do not worry, the pain can be managed. Various types of treatment options are available and you just need to visit an experienced neurologist.

Types of Trigeminal Neuralgia

There are two types of trigeminal neuralgia such as:

  • Type 1 trigeminal neuralgia: Type 1 trigeminal neuralgia causes sharp, throbbing, and sporadic pain or burning sensation on the entire face. The pain may last from a few seconds to two minutes. There might be a break between each episode of pain but can continue for up to two hours.
  • Type 2 trigeminal neuralgia: It is less painful when compared to type 1. You can experience constant, aching pain that can also feel like a burning sensation.

Common Signs of Trigeminal Neuralgia

Sudden pain on one side of the cheek or jaw is a common sign. The pain can be in the following ways:

  • Aches and pains
  • Tingling sensation
  • Burning sensation on one side of the body
  • Pain even due to simple activities such as talking and chewing food
  • Pain due to facial spasms
  • Sudden pain that lasts from a few seconds to minutes
  • Pain in areas such as the cheek, jaw, teeth, gums, lips
  • Pain while sleeping at night
  • Pain episodes that become more frequent

How Does Trigeminal Neuralgia Occur?

If a person has trigeminal neuralgia, the functioning of the trigeminal nerve gets affected. It is caused by the pressure of the blood vessel, vein, or artery on the trigeminal nerve. The trigeminal nerve is the longest nerve in the skull and it sends pain and touch sensations from the face, teeth, and mouth to the brain. Due to the pressure on this nerve, its functioning gets affected.

In some cases, it can also be caused by damage to the trigeminal nerve. The damage can be caused by some underlying conditions such as multiple sclerosis (MS) or a tumor. In some cases, there will not be any reason for trigeminal neuralgia.

Various simple activities can also trigger trigeminal neuralgia such as:

  • Touching the face
  • Drinking and chewing food
  • Talking
  • Brushing teeth
  • When wind or breeze blows on your face
  • Applying pressure on the face

Diagnosis of Trigeminal Neuralgia

When you visit a doctor for trigeminal neuralgia, he will ask you about your signs, and medical history, and may also conduct a physical exam. The diagnosis is based on the type and location of the pain, and what activities are triggering the pain. The doctor conducts a neurological exam and an MRI scan to determine the cause of your condition.

What are the Treatment Options for Trigeminal Neuralgia?

The use of medications is the first treatment for trigeminal neuralgia. Some people find relief with medications and they do not need any further treatments. For some patients, the condition may not respond to medications over time or the medications can cause some side effects. If medications do not work, the doctor suggests surgery or injections. If the disease is caused by some underlying condition, the doctor focuses on treating the underlying condition.

There are several surgical options and the doctor will suggest a suitable one based on your pain, your preferences, and your overall health. Some of the surgeries focus on damaging the nerve that passes pain signals. But the results can last for only a few years. Some procedures focus on removing the blood vessels that exert pressure on the trigeminal nerve. This method is effective and the results last longer.

The doctor determines the right treatment for you is based on your overall health, the nerves involved, the severity of signs, and your choices.

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Dr Vishwak Sena Reddy is well-known for treating trigeminal neuralgia in Hyderabad. He has gained a reputation as the best neurosurgeon in Hyderabad within a less time. He is an expert at determining if the pain is caused by trigeminal neuralgia or due to other causes. He first focuses on providing non-surgical treatments such as medications. If medications fail to treat your condition, then only he goes for surgery. He is always happy and ready to serve you and he is just a call away from you.