Trigeminal Neuralgia & The Role of the Neck
Trigeminal Neuralgia is characterised as an intense stabbing pain of the face.
Pain can be constant or come in random bursts. It can affect your eye, your nose, your upper mouth, your jaw, the side of your head or combinations of them all. It can affect the left side of your face or the right or both.
Trigeminal Neuralgia affects 1 per 1000 people with over 1000 new cases diagnosed in Australia every year. This adds up to 3+ new cases every day. It is also the #1 most painful condition known to humankind. (As a comparison, natural child birth ranks #4). It is for this unfortunate reason that it is also known as “the suicide disease.”
What is the Cause of Trigeminal Neuralgia?
“Aetiology unknown.” If you search the Internet for the cause of Trigeminal Neuralgia, you will find this phrase. It means “cause unknown.”
It is rare that the cause of Trigeminal Neuralgia is a tumour or infection. Because it is important to rule-out these two dangerous possibilities, your GP or neurologist will usually recommend an MRI scan of your head. However, most MRI come back as normal.
What this means is that the cause of Trigeminal Neuralgia is not pathological: it is functional. In other words, something is negatively affecting the way the nerve sends messages back to the brain.