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Trigeminal Neuralgia Research and Awareness

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Donations will be sent to the The Facial Pain Research Foundation. Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is a very painful disorder of the portion of the fifth cranial nerve (trigeminal nerve) that supplies sensation to the face. It is characterized by recurrent electric shock-like pains in one or more branches of the trigeminal nerve, each supplying a different portion of the face. TN is described as the worst pain known. Severe facial pain can last from a second to 15 minutes or longer; some individuals may have up to 100 lightning-like bursts of stabbing pain in a day. Although remissions are common, trigeminal neuralgia usually is a long-term condition. It can be triggered by such stimuli as heat or cold, wind hitting the face, chewing, yawning, or talking. Because the sudden, sharp pain causes the individual to wince, the condition is known as tic douloureux or painful twitch. The condition typically affects branches of the trigeminal nerve on only one side of the face (unilateral); only rarely are both sides affected (bilateral)