Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) is described as one of the most severe pains known to man. It is a disorder of the trigeminal nerve that produces sudden, excruciating bouts of facial pain. This pain typically strikes where the nerve branches to the nose, lips, eyes, ears, scalp, forehead, upper and lower jaw and even the tongue. TN most often affects only one side of the face, and, over time, the pain usually increases in severity and frequency. The pain is so intense that TN is often referred to as the “suicide disease.”
"...the pain started as a series of jolts that progressively became a steady throbbing pain. Sometimes, it was like a drill going through my molars in my upper right jaw. Then, it would suddenly stop. Certain things would trigger the pain: a slight breeze, a touch with a toothbrush, soap on my cheek, opening my mouth, speaking, turning my head too fast, etc., and then the ‘beast’ would return with a vengeance. Other times, I would awaken to the sensation of an electric drill driving electric bits into the back of my eyeball. It was so unbearable that I would scream out loud while I held the pillow over my face..."
Upper Cervical Care & Trigeminal Neuralgia
Research has revealed that TN stems from irritation or damage to the trigeminal nerve and the central trigeminal system in the upper spinal cord and brain stem. Medical literature has shown that trauma to the head, neck and upper back can injure the nerve pathways in the spinal cord and brain stem and possibly cause TN. The facial pain can begin immediately after the injury, or in some cases, takes months or years to develop.
A recently concluded pilot study, conducted at Life University's Sid E. Williams Research Center, yielded impressive results with Trigeminal Neuralgia patients. The participants received upper cervical care over the course of eight weeks. All the participants had major pain relief within the first four weeks and continued to improve gradually after that. Research director Dr. Roger Hinson suggests that when TN develops, it may be because an upper cervical misalignment has contributed to the hyperactive state of the nerve, thereby causing severe facial pain associated with TN.
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