Hello b3njaminhappy trail,
Treatment of Trigeminal neuralgia
Your primary care physician, a neurologist, or a pain specialist may be involved in your care.
Certain medicines sometimes help reduce pain and the rate of attacks. These medicines include:
Anti-seizure drugs (carbamazepine, gabapentin, lamotrigine, phenytoin, valproate, and pregabalin)
Muscle relaxants (baclofen, clonazepam)
Tricyclic antidepressants (amitriptyline, nortriptyline, or carbamazepine)
Some patients may need surgery to relieve pressure on the nerve. Techniques include:
Cutting or destroying part of the trigeminal nerve
Destroying the trigeminal nerve with a needle or probe placed through the skin using radiofrequency ablation or an injection of glycerol
Percutaneous balloon microcompression
Removal of the tumor (when a tumor is the cause)
Stereotactic radiosurgery (Gamma knife)
Surgery to remove a blood vessel that is putting pressure on the trigeminal nerve (called microvascular decompression, or MVD)
How well you do depends on the cause of the problem. If there is no disease causing the problem, treatment can provide at least some relief.
However, the pain may become constant and severe in some patients.
Read more at: https://www.drugs.com/enc/trigeminal-neuralgia.html
I have atypical TN and Lyrica together with antidepressants helped me to decrease pain. I am not sure if it's effective in treating TN of the classic type though - I've heard of more patients being put on Neurontin as the first line of treatment.
Wish you luck with your treatment!
I have just recieved a perscription for Lyrica in treating my TN and I am extremely hopeful that it helps. I will say that per standard I was perscribed gabapentin first and it just did not work for me. It dulled the attacks but within two months the pain was again unbearable. Talk to your doctor and seek out a neurologist if you can!
- Lyrica Information for Consumers
- Lyrica Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Lyrica (detailed)
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