Trigeminal Neuralgia: Understanding Your Options

 

Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) is a chronic pain disorder affecting the fifth cranial nerve. Typical TN (TN1) is characterized by attacks of intense, stabbing pain affecting the mouth, cheek, nose, and/or other areas on one side of the face. Atypical TN (TN2) is characterized by less intense, but constant dull aching or burning pain. It is […]

 

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Trigeminal Neuralgia: Vernon’s Story

 


Vernon Traxler suffered from painful trigeminal neuralgia for over 16 years before he found relief with CyberKnife. Watch Vernon explain what those years felt like and how he feels now after being treated at St. Louis CyberKnife.

 

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Priscilla’s Story

 

Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is a chronic pain condition affecting the trigeminal nerve (a three-branched nerve that carries sensations from the face to the brain and controls facial motor functions such as biting and chewing). TN is characterized by episodes of sudden, explosive severe pain along the trigeminal nerve, with periods of pain-free remission between attacks. […]

 

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Types of Trigeminal Neuralgia: Typical vs. Atypical

 

Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is a rare and excruciating nerve disorder that can occur when a blood vessel compresses the trigeminal nerve, the largest nerve in the head, and causes debilitating pain in various parts of the face and jaw region.  Trigeminal neuralgia is usually categorized as typical or atypical, with symptoms differing depending on the […]

 

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Treating Trigeminal Neuralgia with Radiation Therapy

 

Though primarily used to treat benign and malignant tumors, stereotactic radiosurgery can also treat additional medical conditions, including a rare nerve disorder called trigeminal neuralgia (TN).  Excruciating facial pain triggered by everyday activities such as chewing, talking or swallowing characterizes the debilitating condition.  TN can often be mistaken for a dental problem, since the disorder […]

 

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Studies Show Support for CyberKnife Treatment of Neurological Diseases

 

A study presented at the annual meeting of the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (EANS) demonstrated the growing support of CyberKnife® for the treatment of neurological diseases. The study, completed at the University Hospital of Messina in Italy, examined CyberKnife treatment for perioptic meningioma, a type of benign tumor that arises from the membranes that […]

 

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High Rate of Misdiagnoses for Lesser Known Disease

 

Trigeminal neuralgia (TN), often referred to as the “suicide disease,” is an excruciating 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, […]

 

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Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day: Treating with Surgery vs. CyberKnife

 

Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day is honored nationally on October 7 with the goal of raising awareness for the excruciating nerve disorder known as the “suicide disease.” Occurring when a blood vessel compresses the fifth cranial nerve, the disease causes unpredictable facial pain that can make every day tasks such as chewing or talking difficult. While […]

 

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Stereotactic Radiosurgery: Advanced Trigeminal Neuralgia Treatment

 

Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is an excruciating neuropathic disorder characterized by sporadic episodes of intense pain in the face and jaw region. Symptoms of TN range from sudden, shock like pain to aching, burning sensations on parts of the face and can often be triggered by normal activities such as eating, talking or even the slightest […]

 

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Know the Symptoms of Trigeminal Neuralgia

 

Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) is a painful and often debilitating nerve disorder that causes sudden shock-like or burning facial pain and is said to be one of the most excruciating human conditions known. Often misdiagnosed as a dental problem, TN is characterized by sharp jaw pain. Read below about the two different types of TN and […]

 

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