Trigeminal neuralgia: it sounds scary because it is scary.

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Trigeminal neuralgia: it sounds scary because it is scary. It isactually labeled the suicide disease. I am Dr. Zach Shaw with theUpper Cervical Spine Center, and many patients in our officeexperience trigeminal neuralgia. Unfortunately, they come to ouroffice because our office is their last hope.

They have been everywhere - neurologists, pain doctors, allkinds of different doctors, yet no one can figure out what iscausing the trigeminal neuralgia. Trigeminal neuralgia is a severecondition where the face feels like it is constantly in pain. Painsensation ranges from pins and needles, to very sharp, stabbingpains, to burning sensations, and this can go all the way into theeye, teeth, and jaw. Frequently, it happens out of nowhere, but cansometimes be due to a specific accident. It is called the suicidedisease for a reason. People literally cannot live with thiscondition. They cannot sleep. They cannot function. They cannotenjoy life. It is a terrible, terrible condition.

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When people come to us with this condition, we feel so terriblefor them, and we wish that more people (maybe you) could find anUpper Cervical doctor, so they can get the help that they need.Trigeminal neuralgia is characterized by severe facial pain. Thetrigeminal nerve, or the fifth cranial nerve, comes off thebrainstem and innervates the face. It has three branches thatseparately go to your eye, cheek, and jaw. This is why patientshave facial pain, whether it is on the top of their face, thebottom of the face, or possibly both. So, why do patients seek outUpper Cervical care? Why do we get amazing results with trigeminalneuralgia patients? The reason is directly due to brainstem.

The nucleus of the trigeminal nerve starts at the brainstem. Thebrainstem is surrounded by the top two bones in your neck. When wesee patients, we perform an exam and take x-rays of these bones.Almost always, we find an upper cervical misalignment or amisalignment in one of the top two bones in the neck that causespressure on the brainstem. In their case, it's affecting thattrigeminal nerve. What we do is we locate the misalignment andcorrect it to take the pressure off the brainstem, thus freeing upthe trigeminal nerve.

As we keep pressure off the brainstem, we see the trigeminalneuralgia go away. It is quite amazing stuff and usually, thesepeople end up crying from happiness because they have finallygotten rid of this terrible, terrible disease called trigeminalneuralgia. If you or a loved one suffer from the suicide diseasecalled trigeminal neuralgia, please give our office a call at (704)588-5560. We will be happy to do a consultation free of charge tosee if maybe you have an upper cervical issue that is contributingto your trigeminal neuralgia. If you are not in the Charlotte,North Carolina area, give our office a call anyway, and I promisewe will find an upper cervical doctor as close to you as possible.I hope you enjoyed this video. I hope you get the trigeminalneuralgia taken care of. Have a wonderful day.

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