One of the largest nerves in the head is called the trigeminal nerve. Some people experience pain along this nerve that can range from a small ache to a stabbing or shooting pain similar to an electrical shock. Sometimes the nerve pain may come and go intermittently, lasting only seconds, while other times it can last for minutes at a time. This condition is called trigeminal neuralgia, and it can be absolutely debilitating. Simple tasks such as putting on makeup, brushing your teeth, or even swallowing can bring about these painful sensations. While it is rare, it is a painful condition that no one should have to suffer through.
Trigeminal Neuralgia Explained
Trigeminal neuralgia, also called tic douloureux, is a condition that affects the fifth cranial nerve, known as the trigeminal. It is a long nerve in the head that is directly attached to the brain with branches that reach the scalp, forehead, teeth, gums, cheeks, jaw, nose, and lips. The most common cause of Trigeminal Neuralgia is thought to be a blood vessel pressing on the nerve near the brainstem that rubs the membrane of the nerve, causing irritation.
There are two types of trigeminal neuralgia. The first and most common type produces burning sensations and severe shocking pains. Type 2, or atypical trigeminal neuralgia, is less extreme with sufferers complaining of a burning and aching feeling. This type is more difficult to diagnose as its symptoms can be related to other problems, such as migraines or dental issues. Both types are painful and difficult to live with.
Chiropractic Care Can Help with Trigeminal Neuralgia Pain
Chiropractic care is first and foremost focused on the spine and nervous system. Because trigeminal neuralgia is associated with nerve problems, a Lithia Springs chiropractor will be able to help decrease your symptoms and pain. Nerves that aren’t working properly are often associated with misalignments of the spine, so a chiropractor should be the first person you call if you’re dealing with trigeminal neuralgia. An adjustment will remove nerve interference in the spinal cord and allow proper signals to pass through the body, rather than the shocks and pain associated with trigeminal neuralgia.
How Chiropractic Has Helped Others
A 55-year-old female reported suffering from TN that specifically affected her right jaw, which was exacerbated when she chewed or talked. She reported incidence occurring 6 months before seeking care and happening consistently at least once a day. After examination, it was revealed that she had subluxations of the upper spine. Consistent chiropractic care was recommended, and she reported a significant reduction in TN-related pain. Another case study reports that a 57-year-old female complained of TN pain for 2 years that occurred most when exposed to cold. After one week of chiropractic care, pain diminished drastically and she was able to cut back on her medication for TN. After two years of consistent chiropractic care, she is without medication and is still pain-free.
For more information about how chiropractic can diminish the symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia and fix the root of the problem, call Lithia Springs chiropractor Dr. Ronnie Bolar of Vital Life Chiropractic.
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