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    trigeminal neuralgia-suicidal diseaseTrigeminal Neuralgia: Treatment, Procedure, Cost And Side Effects What is the treatment? Trigeminal neuralgia is a condition that results in chronic pain in the face, particularly in the trigeminal nerve. This condition often occurs in women who are aged over 50, however there are fewer than a million cases per year in India, making this condition a rare one. The pain experienced as a part of this condition can often be triggered by speaking, chewing, or brushing the teeth. There is no cure for this condition and the treatment options mainly focus on making it a more manageable condition to live with. Trigeminal neuralgia is treated with the help of medications. The medicines that will be prescribed function by blocking the pain receptors so that you don’t feel it. Pain management is a large part of living with this condition and you may be prescribed anti-spasmodic medicines, anticonvulsants, or even botox injections to help you with the pain. However, medication is not the only answer. There are many surgical procedures that can be used to control this condition and make it easier to live with. Some of the surgical options include microvascular decompression and brain stereotactic radio surgery. Since this condition occurs mainly in women over 50, the treatments that are employed take into consideration the patient’s medical history and age. Once the severity of the pain is mapped, the doctor will decide what treatment options will suit you the most. How is the treatment done? Trigeminal neuralgia is diagnosed on the basis of the type of pain you are experiencing, the part of the face that hurts, and the triggers that activate the pain. With this condition, the pain is often short and sharp and triggered by any stimulation to the cheeks, such as chewing, speaking, or even brushing your teeth. A neurological examination can help doctors understand what is causing the pain. In some cases, an MRI scan is also recommended to get a clearer picture of the problem. Once trigeminal neuralgia is diagnosed, the treatment can begin. When it comes to the medicines that can be prescribed for this treatment, they range in type from antispasmodic and anticonvulsants, to botox injections. Anticonvulsants can help control the trigeminal nerve in the face in order to lessen the pain. Antispasmodic medications also work on a similar principal. Botox injections are also known to lessen the pain in the nerve, however further studies may be needed to substantiate this. Trigeminal neuralgia can also be controlled with the help of surgical options. With microvascular decompression, an incision is made behind the ear on the side of the face where you feel the pain. The doctor removes the arteries and veins that come in contact with the nerve, and then adds a soft cushion between the nerve and other arteries. With brain stereotactic radio surgery, the goal is to destroy the root of this nerve. A controlled shot of radiation is given to the nerve to make it stop functioning. The relief in this form of treatment is gradual, but the treatment itself can be very effective. By destroying the nerve, you eliminate the chances of it transmitting the pain to your brain. Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?) Once trigeminal neuralgia is diagnosed, you can seek out the treatment. It is better to start with the medicinal treatments before going in for surgery. However, if they don’t work, you can certainly explore the surgical options. Who is not eligible for the treatment? Sometimes, pain in the face is caused to due multiple sclerosis. It may imitate the symptoms and signs of trigeminal neuralgia but it is an entirely different condition. If you are suffering from multiple sclerosis, then seeking out treatment for trigeminal neuralgia will not help you with your condition. The doctor must treat the sclerosis first for you to experience any relief from the pain. Are there any side effects? As is the case with most treatments, there are certain side effects to be vary of. Anticonvulsants can lead to side effects like dizziness, nausea, drowsiness, and confusion. Certain anticonvulsants have negative effects on people with Asian descent. Antispasmodic agents also have a few side effects such as confusion, drowsiness, and nausea. Multiple botox injections can eventually make it harder to move your face naturally. It can also give you a stiff and shiny appearance. Microvascular decompression has side effects that include stroke, facial numbness, loss of hearing, and facial weakness. Brain stereotactic radio surgery can lead to developing numbness in the face as well. Surgery in general comes with side effects like bruising, swelling, and pain. What are the post-treatment guidelines? With some medications, you have to monitor your diet and control your lifestyle. Since trigeminal neuralgia can mostly be treated through pain management techniques, identifying and controlling your exposure to your triggers can go a long way in helping you. For instance, if your trigger is a cold breeze that brushes against your cheek, you may have to limit your exposure to the same. How long does it take to recover? It can take up to a month for the treatment to start taking effect. What is the price of the treatment in India? The surgical treatments range in price from Rs. 50, 000 to Rs. 1, 50, 000, depending on where you are getting the procedures done from. Are the results of the treatment permanent? There is no cure for trigeminal neuralgia, therefore the treatment results cannot be permanent. The treatment focusses on reducing and managing the pain you feel and you can expect the pain to swing from low to high throughout your life. The trick is to identify the treatment options that work best for you and continue to administer them as and when they are needed. What are the alternatives to the treatment? There are a few alternative treatments that are being explored for this condition. One such treatment is injecting glycerol injections at the base of the skull in order to damage the trigeminal nerve in the face. Balloon compression is also a treatment that can be used to damage the nerve sufficiently. Radiofrequency thermal lesioning can also be used for the same purpose. It damages the nerve fibres that are associated with pain. Safety: High Effectiveness: Medium Timeliness: Medium Relative Risk: Low Side Effects: Medium Time For Recovery: Medium
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    How many patients who have been suffering with low Back Pain and leg pain cure by taking Medicine ????? Most oftenly such patients get temporarily relief for couples of days, weeks or months.practically steroids given by your doctor may relieved pain sensation, for certain extent.as Quantum of Pain say 100%before taking Pain killer may come down to 30-40% or even less. So such physician keep some anti-inflammatory analgesic for long term.as soon as effects of medicine wean off inflammation again appear.we have to made pros and cons of effects and side effects of medicine.because you are going to suffer not the doctor. in long term use of Medicine cause such side effects as - weight gain, weakness in bone because of osteoporosis Heart burn or acidity, Flare-up of diabetic status Breathlessness, loss of appetite, Most dreadful complications of long-term pain killer and steroids is loss of kidney function, fracture in long bones and vertebra.loss of hip joints Avascular Necrosis of femur head. Now it's our duty to get checked by others doctors if you're having any complaint.because it's our body, every doctor has its vision we are simply a patient's for them. I saw many cases where people's being treated with calcium and vitamin for such painful condition.and worst things that in plain x-ray they says your Nerves are blocked.a qualified doctors never says such crude statement.always get opinion from Neurosurgeon, Neurophysician or PAINPHYSICIAN . with relevant investigation needful to rule out pathology. It's very unfortunate to hear that people's say it's untreatable disease , which will remain throughout life.ad long as you take medication and rest you are pain-free.such type of myth to be wash from our brains.if we are not getting benifited after 2-3 weeks, certainly we should get opinion from Neurosurgeon or PAINPHYSICIAN together for needful action.so they workouts your issues.
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