Trigeminal Neuralgia

Cancer Treatment in Phoenix, AZ

At Palo Verde Cancer Specialists, we’re proud to provide expert radiation therapy to treat a wide variety of cancers and other conditions from six state-of-the-art cancer treatment facilities located throughout the Phoenix, AZ area. Our treatment team of doctors, radiation oncologists, and experienced cancer-fighting specialists work together to provide world-class treatment to our patients, designing personalized treatment plans that help each patients achieve whole body health. While we specialize in treating cancer through radiation therapy, we can also treat a variety of other conditions, including trigeminal neuralgia.

What Is Trigeminal Neuralgia?

Put simply, trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is a condition characterized by chronic, recurrent facial pain – and while it’s a rare condition that affects less than 200,000 people per year around the world, it’s generally understood to be one of the most severe chronic pain conditions known to medicine. Trigeminal neuralgia usually starts in the trigeminal nerve (also called the fifth nerve), which relays sensory information from the face to the brain.

Trigeminal neuralgia is most common in people over age 50, but it may have any number of causes. Trigeminal neuralgia can develop simply as a result of aging, but the most common cause of trigeminal neuralgia is when a blood vessel like an artery comes into contact with the trigeminal nerve at the base of the brain. This contact puts pressure on the trigeminal nerve, causing it to malfunction and send strong pain signals which feel like they’re coming from the face. Other causes include degenerative disorders where the nerve itself deteriorates, a disorder like multiple sclerosis that damages the myelin sheath on the nerve, lesions in the brain itself, or the growth of a tumor that puts pressure on the nerve.

Symptoms of Trigeminal Neuralgia

TN comes with a variety of symptoms, most of them related to pain in the face or pain in the nerve itself. This usually takes the form of episodic pain, usually a severe shooting or jabbing feeling that may resemble an electric shock. Pain may occur spontaneously or may be triggered by any form of contact or stimulation with the face – anything from brushing teeth to putting on makeup to any light contact with the outside of the face. The episodes may last mere seconds or may be minutes long, and often they increase in length, frequency, and severity as the disorder develops.

In addition to intense episodes, many patients experience a dull, constant aching or burning that’s less intense. Pain may occur in any area supplied by the trigeminal nerve: the cheeks, jaws, lips, gums, teeth, and even the eyes or forehead may be affected. Usually, pain occurs only on one side of the fact at a time, although it can affect both sides simultaneously in rare cases.

Schedule an Appointment for Trigeminal Neuralgia Treatment in Phoenix, AZ

Trigeminal neuralgia is an incredibly difficult condition to live with, and it’s easy to feel hopeless if you’ve been diagnosed – but Palo Verde Cancer Specialists are here to help. Advances in treatment technology now mean we can help more TN patients than ever, and depending on the cause of your specific case, we may be able to use non-invasive treatments like radiation therapy to treat your TN. Reach out to us at our contact page or call us directly at one of our 6 Phoenix, AZ cancer treatment centers to schedule a consultation today. We’ll work with you to design a comprehensive treatment plan and help you reclaim the health and comfort you deserve.

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