Trigeminal Neuralgia Pain Relief with Chiropractic Care
Sometimes described as “the most excruciating pain known to humanity,” trigeminal neuralgia involves intense pain in the lower face and jaw. Sometimes the pain also includes the area around the nose and above the eye, too. Non-invasive chiropractic treatment for trigeminal neuralgia can help alleviate the agonizing pain that people experience with TN. If you were diagnosed with TN or your symptoms suggest you could be suffering from this condition, contact your local chiropractor Dr. Barker in Lakeland, Florida at 863-940-3444 or request an appointment online.
Trigeminal Neuralgia Causes & Symptoms
The condition is caused by trigeminal nerve irritation and pressure. A person with the condition is experiencing an electric shock-like pain, typically on one side of their face. This nerve involves branches to the forehead, cheek and lower jaw.
This part of the body is extremely sensitive, and when a person experiences trigeminal neuralgia it’s a debilitating pain. Jokingly they might say, “Kill me now! Put me out of my misery!”
Who’s at Risk for Trigeminal Neuralgia?
Trigeminal neuralgia is most common in people over 50. It’s more likely to happen to women, and the disorder does run in families. Those with hypertension or multiple sclerosis are at a greater risk of getting it.
Trigeminal Neuralgia Treatment Options
TN is treated medically with anticonvulsant drugs like Carbamazepine, which are typically the first treatment choice and surgery may or may not become an option. Let’s consider what is happening with the trigeminal nerve.
It’s irritated. The pain is usually at a point between a healthy artery or vein and the trigeminal nerve at the base of the brain. Pressure is put on the nerve as it enters the brain and, thus, the nerve is misfiring. Chiropractic treatment can be effective in correcting the pressure and irritation causing the condition.
Chiropractors do more than just fix low back pain. Chiropractors deal with people’s spines, their musculoskeletal systems, and their nerves. What if a person with trigeminal neuralgia were to visit an expert chiropractor like Dr. Barker regularly to see if hands-on treatment could relieve the irritation from the problem area? Indeed, that’s what some sufferers do! If you’re someone who wants to know more about this alternative option, please call New City Chiropractic at 863-940-3444.
The other option, which involves taking a drug or drugs, can lead to more problems down the road. Some side effects of Carbamazepine can include double vision, dizziness, drowsiness and nausea. Furthermore, its efficacy decreases over time! And if a person insists on surgery, they’re looking at either open cranial surgery or lesioning procedures, where the nerve is injured on purpose to stop the nerve from delivering pain to the face.
Thankfully, Trigeminal neuralgia is a rare condition. If you or someone you know suspect they are having symptoms similar to those described above (searing jaw pain that radiates to the face, eyes, or head), consult a medical doctor and Dr. Barker at New City Chiropractic in Lakeland, Florida.