Trigeminal Neuralgia is a painful condition affecting the nerves in the face. It is also called tic douloureux. The human body has 12 pairs of cranial nerves that pass through small holes at the base of the skull. These nerves relay information from the brain to various parts of the body. The trigeminal nerve is the fifth pair (CN V) among the 12 pairs of cranial nerves, and is the largest. Running down each side of the head, this nerve is responsible for facial sensations, and motor functions, such as, biting and chewing. Pain results from disorders in the trigeminal nerve, and can be intense. Sufferers describe the pain as electrifying, sudden, and sharp. These bouts of pain often lead to anxiety because the person is always anticipating the next attack. In this post I will explore the treatment for trigeminal neuralgia.