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May 14, 2008

Disorders Of The Neck And Face (Part 2)

This week in Anatomy we're studying the neck and face. So, I thought I would share some disorders that we talked about. One disorder we talked about was Trigeminal Neuralgia.

Trigeminal Neuralgia is a painful condition of the nerve responsible for most facial sensation. Usually, the problem is contact between a normal artery or vein and the trigeminal nerve, at the base of your brain. It could also be caused by some form of impingement such as a tumor, or degenerative changes that occur with aging that affect the protective myelin sheath around the nerve.

If you experience facial pain, particularly prolonged or recurring pain or pain unrelieved by over-the-counter pain relievers, see your doctor.

I had a client with trigeminal neuralgia. They came to see me because massage helped relieve the reflexive tensing that occurred as the result of their pain. Following a massage treatment, they reported temporary relief of their symptoms. Unfortunately, their condition progressed to the point where they needed surgical intervention called microvascular decompression (MVD). They got about three months of relief from having a teflon pad inserted between the offending artery and the nerve, but, sadly, their pain returned.

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