At least once a month we will meet a patient who has been incorrectly diagnosed with “trigeminal neuralgia.”
Thankfully, true trigeminal neuralgia is relatively rare.
Facial pain problems are much more common and are readily treatable by conservative, non-surgical methods.
True trigeminal neuralgia has the following characteristics:
- Intense, sharp, electric type pain
- Pain episodes last only a minute or two
- When not having an episode, there is no pain
A “trigger zone” is known to the patient—usually around the nose or mouth