Trigeminal neuralgia is a condition that affects thousands of people in the U.S. each year. It causes intense facial pain that can be debilitating to live with day-to-day. While it can occur at any age and in both men and women, it is most common in women over 50. Patients suffer sudden attacks of facial pain described as intense, sharp, stabbing, or like an electric shock.
The pain is usually felt in the cheekbone, nose, upper lip, or teeth, but it can affect any part of the face or mouth and extend as far as the chin. Rarely, trigeminal neuralgia can affect both sides of the face. However, in most patients, it only affects one side. The stabbing pain can last from a few seconds to several minutes.
Thankfully, with the technology available, Dr. Scariano can provide a comprehensive approach to care within specialized and general neurology. Please contact our office to learn more.