When Mary's trigeminal neuralgia resurfaced, medications couldn't stop the pain -- but gamma knife treatment did.
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Trigeminal neuralgia is a chronic condition that affects the largest nerve in the head, the fifth cranial or trigeminal nerve, which carries sensations from the face to the brain. When it comes to treating the pain caused by trigeminal neuralgia, Gamma Knife treatment is the least invasive and the least likely of all surgical treatments to cause complications. Plus, recent studies showed 85 to 90 percent of recipients had excellent or good pain relief after Gamma Knife. And our team can help determine if this treatment is right for you. If surgery isn’t recommended, anti-seizure drugs, muscle relaxants or tricyclic antidepressants may be prescribed to relieve pain and lessen the number of attacks.
This condition is most often triggered by compression of the trigeminal nerve by a normal blood vessel next to the brainstem. Tumors and multiple sclerosis are also possible culprits. Some evidence suggests it could run in families. In rare cases, the cause of trigeminal neuralgia is unknown. And while just about anyone can develop trigeminal neuralgia at any time; it mainly affects women over age 50.
Common symptoms include:
Trigeminal neuralgia can only be diagnosed by talking with an experienced physician about your symptoms. Unfortunately, there are no blood tests or images that can make the diagnosis. As a result, getting the correct diagnosis can be difficult. As a matter of fact, the diagnosis of trigeminal neuralgia is most often made by a dentist, neurologist, internist or neurosurgeon.
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