Of all things, physical pain is often dreaded by most people. Especially pain when it is excruciating and mind numbing as that of trigeminal neuralgia. People who suffer from trigeminal neuralgia experience pain which is electric shock-like or stabbing in nature. Trigeminal neuralgia can make seem a touch as light as feather on your face to be unbearable.
What is trigeminal neuralgia and what are the causes of this disease?
If you are trying to spot the trigeminal nerve it is actually the 5th cranial nerve. It is, in fact, the largest of these nerves, and is directly linked from the brain to your face.
- This nerve is the reason why you feel sensations in your face, and this nerve enables movements of the mouth such as chewing and swallowing.
- The causes of Trigeminal neuralgia are mostly put down as impairment of the normal function of any associated nerve.
- Often, you will find a blood vessel which will put pressure on the nerve somewhere along the pathway from the brain to the face. This leads to the malfunctioning of the nerve. The affected nerve creates a searing, electric shock-like pain in the face.
- Some of the other causes of trigeminal neuralgia are a tumor pressing on the nerve or multiple sclerosis.
- However, TN can also result fromno concrete causes and is mostly found to affect people who are over 40, and it affects mostly women.
At first, the attacks are short-lived but as time passes, the attacks last for a longer duration and are really painful. Some of the common triggers for a TN attack are brushing teeth, shaving, chewing, smiling, and putting on makeup, the wind blowing on your face and so on.