What is Trigeminal Neuralgia?


Trigeminal neuralgia is a rare, on-going condition that affects the trigeminal nerve in the face and causes severe pain. It’s a condition that can come on randomly, usually happens later in life, and is more common in women. Trigeminal Neuralgia is also called tic douloureux (tik doh-la-roo), which means painful twitch.

Drawing: artists rendering of Trigeminal Nerve

The Trigeminal nerve is a cranial nerve in the skull that allows you to feel sensations and pain on your face. Nerves are like electrical fibers that keep the body and brain in communication. ranched into three different nerves that reach the forehead, eyes, cheeks, nose, lips, jaw and chin.

Blog Author: Dr. William A. Friedman