Sometimes described as the most excruciating pain a person can experience, trigeminal neuralgia is a debilitating facial nerve disorder many have never heard of. But for the 12 out of every 100,000 people per year affected by it, the condition can make living a normal life agonizing and unbearable.
October 7 is recognized as Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day, a time to highlight this condition and encourage those who experience symptoms to seek an expert opinion, as many cases of TN are frequently misdiagnosed.
TN can occur when a blood vessel compresses the trigeminal nerve, one of the largest nerves in the head. The condition is characterized by episodes of intense electroshock-like, stabbing or burning sensations in the face that can be triggered by the slightest touch or even common actions like chewing or talking.
In addition to medication, common treatment options include surgery and stereotactic radiosurgery, a method of treatment used to treat benign and malignant tumors throughout the body. Stereotactic radiosurgery is a noninvasive treatment that uses targeted, high-dose radiation to interrupt pain-causing fibers along the trigeminal nerve. The treatment is complete within one treatment session, providing pain relief soon after treatment for some patients.
New Jersey CyberKnife treats TN patients with stereotactic radiosurgery using advanced CyberKnife® technology. To learn more about this treatment, visit our Conditions Treated page. For support and other resources, visit the TNA-The Facial Pain Association website.
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.