Trigeminal Neuralgia

Trigeminal Neuralgia is a kind of facial pain that is experienced in the area of the face supplied by the trigeminal nerve. It is more often around the jaw.

It is a severe pain often described as an electric current like sensation. It is thought to be due to a kind of "short circuit" in the trigeminal nerve. Sometimes the cause may be Multiple Sclerosis or a tumor.

The pain is severe but the good part is that is responds very well to medications. Medications may have to be taken for prolonged periods. Few of the patients do not respond to medications or do not tolerate them and they need to undergo invasive treatments such as radio-frequency ablation or even surgery.

Here are few links of interest:

Trigeminal neuralgia detailed

Trigeminal neuralgia association page