What is Trigeminal Neuralgia?
Have you ever felt chronic pain condition while brushing your teeth, putting makeup on the face, speaking, touching or chewing? If yes, then you may have been suffering from Trigeminal neuralgia in which Trigeminal nerves got affected. These nerves are responsible to carry sensation from face to brain. People initially face short attacks but later they feel more frequent and longer bouts of burning pain. This is more common in women aged more than 50 as compared to men. But if you are suffering from it, you need not to worry about. Why doom in pain when there are a variety of treatment options available.
What pain you may experience in Trigeminal Neuralgia?
Most patients experience pain spontaneously and from nowhere, while many others experience after a car accident, or a heavy blow to the face, or after dental treatment. However, doctors don’t believe that dental surgery or treatment can cause trigeminal neuralgia but it can increase its growth in its developing phase.
The pain begins from the upper or lower jaw, so people assume that is a dental problem. Therefore, they consult a dentist and have a root canal, which give no relief to them. When the pain continues, the patients realize that the problem is having no concern about dental.
Types of Pain:
The pain is of two types
1. Type 1 or Classic:
In the classic pain, the pain is very sharp, acute, throbbing, and shock-like. It can be arisen by touching the area of the skin or by some specific activities.
2. Type 2 or Atypical:
In Type 2 or Atypical Pain, the pain is constant and there is a burning sensation. Type 2 pain gets spread over more area as compared to the Type 1. There would be no remission period and symptoms are also difficult to treat.
Symptoms of Trigeminal Neuralgia:
- Bouts of searing, severe, jabbing and shooting pain
- Pain that feels like an electric shock that is generally triggered by some things like chewing, touching the face, brushing teeth and speaking, smiling, washing your face, talking, drinking, eating, shaving and much more.
- The pain may take a few minutes to last
- Constant burning and aching feeling
- Pains in lips, gums, jaw, cheek and less often the forehead and eyes
- This issue becomes more intense and frequent over time
If you are suffering from any of the above symptoms, then you must consult the interventional radiologist for the treatment. You can get the best trigeminal neuralgia treatment in Jaipur, at the Flowcare clinic.
Trigeminal Neuralgia Causes
- This issue may be due to some abnormalities or sometimes by a brain lesion
- Facial trauma, stroke, and surgical injuries may be the main cause of it
- Aging is the main factor that can trigger the issue
- Sometimes the tumor may compress the trigeminal nerve
Radiofrequency Ablation for Trigeminal Neuralgia
Radiofrequency ablation treatment is all about directing high frequency to the affected area or targeted tissue or tumor and chronic pain nerves. RFA treatment is also available for the disorder where this technique targets the trigeminal nerves. This treatment helps destroy the ability of these nerves to transmit pain signals to the brain.
No doubt, medication is the first line treatment for the issue but when you experience no relief from facial pain, the doctor will surely recommend RFA treatment. In this process, a needle will be placed via the mouth corner while you are in the influence of anesthesia. This needle reaches the affected nerve.
You will be asked to wake up after getting a confirmation that the needle is placed in the right place and an X-ray will confirm it. The surgeon will ask if you are feeling any stimulation in the affected or painful area. If you feel the same that means the needle has reached the right place. You will put back to the sleep and surgeon will direct heat to the injured nerve that helps take the pain away. RFA is the most common procedure to treat this neuropathic pain condition.
At FlowCare Interventional Radiology Clinic, Dr. Rajendra Bansal provides you the best Trigeminal Neuralgia treatment in Jaipur using the Radiofrequency Ablation technique. Dr. Bansal is one of the best Interventional Radiology experts of India and having a vast experience of Trigeminal Neuralgia treatment.