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What are the treatment options for atypical neuralgia?

Treatment for atypical neuralgia focuses on pain management and is usually done with medications or surgery. Anticonvulsant drugs are often the first line of treatment. A muscle relaxant may be used, possibly with anticonvulsant drugs. If medications show only limited success, a surgical method called microvascular decompression may be tried, in which a surgeon accesses the trigeminal nerve and physically separates it and the problematic blood vessel, relieving the pressure. This surgery has found to be generally less effective for atypical neuralgia than for the typical type.

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How does atypical neuralgia affect my quality of life?
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Is atypical neuralgia serious?
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