The trigeminal nerve carries sensation from the face to the brain. It's most common in women over age 50.
Symptoms range from mild to severe facial pain, often triggered by chewing, speaking, or brushing the teeth.
Treatment includes medications, injections, and surgery.
- tic douloureux
- fothergill’s disease
Consult a doctor for medical advice
Sources: Mayo Clinic and others.
Fewer than 200,000 US cases per year
Treatment can help, but this condition can't be cured
Requires a medical diagnosis
Lab tests or imaging rarely required
Chronic: can last for years or be lifelong