Pain Management Techniques for Trigeminal NeuralgiaNovember 30, 2020 11:32 pm Comments Off on Pain Management Techniques for Trigeminal Neuralgia
Did you know that one six-part nerve controls all the sensations in your face? This key part of your nervous system is called the trigeminal nerve, and it allows us to feel heat, cold, pressure, and pain throughout our faces. Furthermore, the motor functions of the trigeminal nerve control the muscles that allow us to chew our food. It is undoubtedly an important part of the human body.
Chronic nerve pain can strike in other nerves. Unfortunately, it can strike in the trigeminal nerve, as well, and people afflicted with trigeminal neuralgia report that it is some of the most excruciating pain they have ever experienced. Trigeminal neuralgia even became known as “the suicide disease” because before doctors developed pain management techniques for trigeminal neuralgia, sufferers felt there was nowhere left to turn.
Thankfully, such treatments exist now and cover a range of approaches. Medications, surgical procedures, and even ultrasound therapy for pain associated with trigeminal neuralgia now exist to improve the quality of life for those who suffer from this disease.
The anticonvulsant drug carbamazepine, traditionally used to treat epilepsy, has also been effective in alleviating chronic trigeminal pain. However, being a drug that directly affects the brain, this and other similar drugs carry numerous adverse side effects, ranging from dizziness and drowsiness to depression. While this disease is a terrible one, some patients may fear that the cure is worse than the disease, causing them to cease their medication and explore alternative approaches.
If drugs are ineffective or their side effects are too unpleasant to bear, patients may also elect to undergo surgery to control these painful attacks. Procedures involve surgeons going in and destroying parts of the trigeminal nerve with needles or glycerin, which stops the nerve from delivering pain signals at the expense of stopping it from delivering other important signals the nerve is meant to deliver. This can mean a constant sense of facial numbness, which may also frustrate patients, not to mention the possibility of post-operative complications and unintentional damage to surrounding tissue.
One of the most recent pain management techniques for trigeminal neuralgia is the use of ultrasound therapy. Ultrasound therapy avoids both the frustrating side effects of medical anticonvulsant treatment as well as the risks that accompany invasive surgical procedures. By focusing beams of ultrasound energy at the trigeminal nerve from a small wearable device, patients can experience fast relief at work, on the go, or even while they sleep. Patients can even control their level of treatment, allowing them to take their lives back in the event of an acute pain attack.
Nanovibronix has been dedicated to devising an ultrasound approach to managing trigeminal pain. The PainShield is already changing the way neuralgia sufferers live with or even bring an end to these devastating attacks.
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This post was written by Elyse