Trigeminal Neuralgia & The Role of the Neck

The Common Approach to Trigeminal Neuralgia Treatment

To a degree, you can mentally block out the pain if you suffer a headache or back ache. Trigeminal Neuralgia is a different monster altogether.

Here is the great divide when it comes to treatment for Trigeminal Neuralgia. The common approach is twofold: medication or surgery. The most common prescription is an extraordinarily strong CNS (central nervous system) depressant: usually Tegretol or Lyrica, which are also anti-epileptic drugs. The purpose of the medication is to block pain signals to the brain.

However, there are usually two major problems:

  1. Head Fogginess. The medication doesn’t just block pain signals: it blocks all signals!
  2. The medication doesn’t work. Or you just end up take more and stronger medication!

The next option is surgery. Some doctors believe that the cause of Trigeminal Neuralgia is a blood vessel or other structure compressing the branches of the Trigeminal Nerve. Like tumours or infections, this cause is also rare.

Nevertheless, some neurosurgeons will recommend a. nerve ablation: aka destroying the nerve. The problem with surgery, like medication, is that is does not always work. Even the goto surgical procedure – microvascular decompression (MVD) – works only 50% of the time over a 15 year period.

To be fair, a success rate of 50% is phenomenal! However, it means that there must be some other reason that Trigeminal Neuralgia exists for the other 50%. 

 

 

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