How to Diagnose Trigeminal Neuralgia?

Trigeminal neuralgia is a chronic pain condition which usually affects the trigeminal nerve. There are two kinds of trigeminal neuralgia: typical trigeminal neuralgia and atypical trigeminal neuralgia.

It should be noticed that trigeminal neuralgia is more common among women than men, and it is more likely to occur in people over 50.

The disease can be diagnosed by its possible symptoms such as episodes of severe, shooting or jabbing pain feeling like the electric shock; episodes of several attacks lasting days, weeks, months or longer; and constant pain when touching the face, chewing, speaking or brushing teeth.

Besides, doctor may use some tests to diagnose the disease.

Neurological examination.
It is used to examine parts of your face to find the exact parts where the pain occurs. Usually, reflex tests are used to check the nerve condition in your face.

Magnetic resonance imaging.
MRI scan is used to check your head to determine whether your symptoms are caused by multiple sclerosis or tumor.

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