How does trigeminal neuralgia affect the body?

The effect of trigeminal neuralgia on the body depends on what is causing the condition. While the cause cannot always be determined, it is commonly the result of pressure on the trigeminal nerve. When something like a vein or artery presses against the nerve, which can cause pain impulses or block impulses; the result is pain or slight numbness. The same result can also happen if you develop a tumor near the trigeminal nerve, but this is much less common. A condition like multiple sclerosis can also result in trigeminal neuralgia, by causing damage to the myelin sheath that protects the nerve.

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The term neuralgia is used to describe pain that radiates along the path of a nerve. In some cases the cause is unknown, but the condition can be caused by some drugs, irritation from chemicals, kidney problems, diabetes, infectio...

ns, pressure on nerves or from an injury. Trigeminal neuralgia is the most common type and involves facial pain. Neuralgia can occur at any age, but it is most common among the elderly. Neuralgia is not life-threatening, but the pain can be severe. A pain specialist can suggest ways to control the pain.

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