Also called: tic douloureux
Trigeminal neuralgia is a disorder of the fifth cranial (trigeminal) nerve and is often described as an episodic sharp shooting pain typically involving one side of the face. The pain may last a few brief seconds or extend for hours. People who suffer intense facial pain simply by eating, applying make-up or shaving may have trigeminal neuralgia.
Patients typically experience the onset of trigeminal neuralgia in their 50s. In fact, many patients will go to their dentist believing their symptoms are related to their teeth and gums.
Though it is rare, trigeminal neuralgia is considered one of the most painful conditions to affect people. Thanks to the world-class technology and experts at UAMS, if you suffer from trigeminal neuralgia you can seek relief.