Non-surgical treatments for TMJ-related trigeminal Neuralgia
Your pain is not 'all in your head.' Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) is often excruciating pain in the trigeminal or fifth cranial nerve. Symptoms vary but may include a persistent ache to an intense stabbing pain in the lower jaw area. Trigeminal Neuralgia is a neuropathic pain disorder because TN may be associated with a nerve injury, lesion, or a blood vessel pressing on the nerve. In Sherman Oaks, Dr. Eddie Siman is L.A.'s leading TMJ and Sleep Apnea expert. With over 30 years of experience, Dr. Siman understands the jaw-body connection and has helped hundreds of patients transform their lives by alleviating and reducing pain associated with TMJ and Trigeminal Neuralgia. Learn more about your treatment options by scheduling a consultation today.
Major nerves can mean major pain.
Tri means three, and the Latin root word 'trigeminus' means threefold, which refers to the three branches of the nerve (ophthalmic, maxillary, and mandibular).
There is a nerve on the left side of your face and one on your right. Each nerve has three branches that carry signals from your brain to your face and back again. Trigeminal Neuralgia pain is triggered by various things, such as brushing your teeth, talking, or washing your face. Sufferers of TN claim it feels like an electric shock or burning sensation, with pain lasting from a few seconds to as long as an hour. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society mentions that TN is an early symptom of multiple sclerosis. However, one of the most common causes of TN is from a compressed artery or vein.
While the exact cause of Trigeminal Neuralgia is unknown, The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) reports about 150,000 people are diagnosed with TN every year.
While it can occur at any age, it is most common in women over 50.There are two types of Trigeminal Neuralgia—primary and secondary. The primary form of TN is associated with the nerve compressed, usually at the base of your head, where it meets the spinal cord. The pressure on the TN nerves causes the nerve to "misfire" and send the brain a pain signal. The secondary form of TN is again pressure on the nerve, but from a tumor, a cyst, a facial injury, or other medical conditions like MS.
Find answers and holistic solutions with Dr. Siman.
CT scans and an MRI can identify if a nerve is compressed; however, Trigeminal Neuralgia is difficult to diagnose. Therefore, Dr. Siman begins with detailed patient history and assessment. It is essential to provide Dr. Siman with an accurate account of your pain and where it is located. In some cases, physical and neurological exams are needed to identify the root cause of your pain.
For Dr. Siman, it all begins with your bite—the alignment of your jaw is a telling factor between the jaw-body connection. There are surgical and non-surgical options available. However, no two treatments are ever the same because Dr. Siman is dedicated to tailoring a treatment plan for each patient to meet their needs.
Dr. Siman encourages a dialogue between him and his patients. Before your consultation, it is helpful to write down your symptoms—be as descriptive as you can with how your pain feels and what you believe are triggers for your pain. Other useful information includes:
A diagnosis may not come immediately, but Dr. Siman has spent over 30 years helping patients transform their lives and smile.
It is never too late to live pain-free.
Pain can be scary, but not seeking solutions is even more frightening. Help is out there. In Sherman Oaks, we assist patients from Los Angeles and Orange County to discover the root cause of their pain, identify possible solutions, and help patients get on the road to leading a productive life. Learn more about Trigeminal Neuralgia and discover if you are a candidate for treatment. Schedule your TMJ-related trigeminal neuralgia consultation with Dr. Eddie Siman today.
Dr. Eddie Siman has over 35 years of experience and is a premier TMJ and Sleep Apnea expert in Los Angeles and Orange County. Many come to Dr. Eddie Siman with severe tinnitus, migraine problems, and sleep apnea with no relief in sight. Little do these patients know that their painful symptoms are tied to the Temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Think outside the box and pay a simple visit to Dr. Siman today so you can finally find the source of all your pain and get rid of it once and for all.
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