One of the most painful diseases in the world is also one of the most mysterious. There is currently no cure and it is exceptionally rare, so doctor’s still don’t really know why it happens to some people. What is known about the disease, which is called Trigeminal Neuralgia, is that it affects only about 12 people out of every 100,000. It is a disease that causes such severe facial pain that it has been compared to the feeling of being struck by lightning and being stabbed in the face repeatedly. Neurobiologists are doing their best to find out more about the disease, but we’ll tell you what we know so far.
The disease. Trigeminal Neuralgia is a chronic pain disorder that is classified as one of the most painful diseases in the world. It’s a neurological disorder that affects the muscles in your face and causes extremely intense pain on a regular basis. Simple acts like brushing your teeth or applying makeup can put you in agony.
What it is exactly. To get an understanding of the disorder, you have to understand the basic layout of the facial nerves and muscles. In your head, there are 12 pairs of cranial nerves. Some of these nerve pairs are called trigeminal nerves, and they branch off into three different subsets.