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2. What is Trigeminal Neuralgia?

In short, trigeminal neuralgia is inflammation of the trigeminal nerve. Some medical professionals refer to the condition as tic douloureux because the intense pain can lead patients to contort their faces. Most of us know this better as a tic. The pain that comes from trigeminal neuralgia can be isolated or reoccur every few hours, minutes, or seconds. In the cases of isolation, an individual can go months or years between attacks. Trigeminal neuralgia can lead to chronic pain that affects daily life.

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