Your brain is a vital part of your body, but it is nothing without the nervous system to deliver and receive its messages. Twelve cranial nerves connect directly to the body, and one of these is the V-shaped trigeminal nerve. The nerve is named for its three branches, which are responsible for facial sensation and chewing. The trigeminal nerve consists of the ophthalmic branch (V1), the maxillary branch (V2), and the mandibular branch (V3). Trigeminal neuralgia is an inflammation of this nerve. The condition can cause considerable facial pain. There are a variety of treatments for trigeminal neuralgia.
When the pain caused by trigeminal neuralgia flairs up, it starts at a conservative eight on the pain scale and can rapidly transition to an eleven. Hospitals and neurology units tend to give priority treatment to people with this condition. While over-the-counter painkillers and stronger, doctor-prescribed analgesics can help, they are not -- nor should they be -- a long-term solution.
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