Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day: Know the Symptoms

National Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day is honored on October 7 each year to raise awareness of the lesser known, but debilitating nerve disorder. Trigeminal neuralgia occurs when a blood vessel compresses the fifth cranial nerve, the trigeminal nerve. Often misdiagnosed as a dental problem, patients may undergo root canals or other procedures in hopes of relieving the excruciating and unpredictable pain.

Trigeminal neuralgia is categorized as typical and atypical, which are each characterized by certain symptoms:

  • Typical TN – Sudden, stabbing, shock-like pain in a constant location on the face. Typical TN patients can often produce an attack by touching a type of “trigger point” on the face or by performing specific activities like chewing, talking or brushing their teeth.
  • Atypical TN – Persistent dull ache or burning sensation in one part of the face. Those who suffer from atypical TN typically do not have any specific “trigger” but the pain can grow worse over time.

At Illinois CyberKnife, we treat both forms of trigeminal neuralgia using CyberKnife® technology. This noninvasive approach is an outpatient procedure completed in just one session. If you think you may be experiencing symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia, contact our center to learn more about the disorder and how we treat it.

This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.