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

If your “trigeminal neuralgia” does not include all of the above symptoms, further diagnosis may be required.

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