Trigeminal Neuralgia (also known as tic doloureux or
prosopalgia) is a neuropathic disorder of the Trigeminal
Nerve that causes episodes of intense, sudden
shock-like pain in the eyes, lips, nose, scalp, forehead
The pain usually lasts for a few seconds, but there can be
many bursts of pain in quick succession.
It is estimated that 1 in 15,000 people suffer from Trigeminal
Neuralgia, although those numbers may be significantly higher
due to frequent mis-diagnosis.
Trigeminal Neuralgia usually develops after the age of 50,
more commonly in females, although there have been cases
with patients being as young as three years of age.
|Last Updated 9th June 2015