Traditional Trigeminal Neuralgia Treatments — Risk Factors

While there are drug and surgical options to relieve TN pain, there are also serious consequences found in their side effects.

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Pain medications are typically not effective in the long term for Trigeminal Neuralgia sufferers. To mitigate the nerve from reacting to the irritation, anti-convulsants may be prescribed as muscle relaxants. Anti-depressants may also be prescribed as mood elevators to help with TN associated depression and/or anxiety.

However, the side effects of these mediations are not only the only troubling factor. There’s also the problem that a medication’s effectiveness may diminish over time. When that happens, a different or stronger medication may be prescribed until those side effects become intolerable, including the ‘Mercedes' of painkillers - morphine. This can place Trigeminal Neuralgia sufferers at risk for addiction to pain killers, adding to the list of problems associated with traditional treatments available at this time for Trigeminal Neuralgia.

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When mediations don’t work any longer, some TN sufferers turn to surgery. Facial surgery has its downside as well since any kind of surgery does not offer a guarantee of success. Surgery options include blood vessel removal, destroying nerve fibers, known as lesioning, or radiating the affected nerve. Risks from surgery may result in permanent disfigurement, facial abnormalities, or a new even more difficult to treat pain after surgery, known as deafferentation pain.

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