Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness: Signs and Symptoms

In recognition of National Trigeminal Awareness Day on October 7, Rush Radiosurgery aims to highlight this rare nerve condition, as it is one of several non-cancerous conditions we treat with stereotactic radiosurgery.

Trigeminal neuralgia, or TN, is a condition of the trigeminal nerve and is characterized by excruciating pain in the facial region. Due to the rarity of the condition, many cases of TN are misdiagnosed as a dental problem.

Read below about the two types of TN and the symptoms that characterize both:

  • Typical TN – Sudden, stabbing, shock-like pain in a constant location on the face. Typical TN patients can often produce an attack by touching a type of “trigger point” on the face or by performing specific activities like chewing, talking or brushing their teeth.
  • Atypical TN – Persistent dull ache or burning sensation in one part of the face. Those who suffer from atypical TN typically do not have any specific “trigger” but the pain can grow worse over time.

If you or a loved one experience any of the above symptoms of TN such as episodes of easily triggered, intense facial pain, it’s important to talk with your healthcare specialist to seek a neurology referral. Contact our center here for a consultation.

This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.