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Trigeminal neuralgia

Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is a type of nerve pain where stabbing or burning pains can be experienced down the side of the face, usually only one side is affected.

The pain may last only a few seconds or minutes but can repeat over and over again, during an attack. For some people, this pain is experienced at all times and is extremely painful.

Those with multiple sclerosis are most likely to suffer from trigeminal neuralgia and it can be confused with dental pain. If you experience these types of symptoms, you will need to be assessed by your doctor to see if they are symptoms of your MS. You should also be extra vigilant in being medically checked if you are going to undergo any major dental work. The pain of TN can be brought on by everyday activities such as eating, talking, shaving or even being outdoors in a light breeze.

Symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia

  • Severe shooting or jabbing pains that feel like an electric shock
  • Lack of sleep due to the pain
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

Treatment for trigeminal neuralgia

There is no known cure for TN. However, noticing any triggers can help you manage the pain, by avoiding them. Other pain-relieving treatments which are commonly used to manage the condition include:

  • Pain medication
  • Gamma knife or radiofrequency lesioning
  • Balloon compression
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery
  • Microvascular decompression

How can cannabis medication help with the pain of trigeminal neuralgia?

Cannabis medications prove useful in pain modulation by inhibiting neuronal transmission in pain pathways and produce pronounced antinociceptive effects. Cannabis medications are easy to take, either as a tincture or in a special cannabis flower vaporiser.

Am I suitable for cannabis medication for my trigeminal neuralgia at Integro Clinic?

The cause and symptoms of your facial pain will be diagnosed during a no obligation consultation and examination, here at Integro Medical Clinic. We will identify the type of pain, severity, functional impact and context. After a thorough examination and medical history check, your clinician will make recommendations for pain management or other investigations. Following this initial assessment, we can provide a plan, which may include medical cannabis to help manage your pain symptoms.

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