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What is trigeminal neuralgia in multiple sclerosis (MS)?

Neuralgias, or nerve pains, are among the more common of the rare multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms. One of these is trigeminal neuralgia (TN; also called tic douloureux), which causes severe shock-like or burning facial pain lasting a few seconds or up to a few minutes per episode. It is usually felt on one side of the cheek or jaw. Some people who experience TN may get "warning" achiness or numbness and tingling in the face before sudden onset of the episode.

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