Trigeminal Neuralgia & The Role of the Neck
The Other 50%
I have yet to meet any person who wants to take medication or have surgery if it is not necessary. When a lesion such as a tumour is pressing against the nerve, surgery may well be the best option.
However, I do not believe that they should be the first treatment choice for Trigeminal Neuralgia. Moreover when your MRI is normal – when there is no lesion to cause the pain – I am baffled why people believe that surgery or heavy medication will solve the problem.
As I wrote previously, when the cause of Trigeminal Neuralgia is not due to a specific lesion, it means that the cause must be because something is disrupting the way the nerve sends messages back to the brain.
And the problem very well may originate in your neck!
I presented to a local Trigeminal Neuralgia support group a few months ago. The meeting was attended people who have lived years, even decades with the pain of Trigeminal Neuralgia. In all honestly, these laypeople were more well-versed in all the different medications and surgeries that exist for Trigeminal Neuralgia than I was!
To start my presentation, I asked the group what their neurologists and specialists had explained to them about the role of the upper neck is the development of Trigeminal Neuralgia. I have to admit, even I was surprised that not one person said that they had ever seen a Trigeminal Neuralgia specialist speak one word about the role that the upper neck plays in the development of the condition.
(After the presentation was complete, I did a Google search to see what the top organisations and support groups had to say about the role of the upper neck in the cause and treatment of Trigeminal Neuralgia. Guess what I found? Practically nothing! There were plenty of articles describing the three branches of the Trigeminal Nerve itself … but nothing describing where the Trigeminal Nerve comes from within the brain … or what happens to a person if the nerve is affected at its root!)