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Stem Cell Therapy for Trigeminal Neuralgia

There has been some interaction on our Facebook page referencing Stem Cell Therapy for trigeminal neuralgia.  Over the years there has been some controversial claims on the subject, with medical professionals choosing which side they stood on the issue, however this is a quickly developing area of medical science. In this article we provide educational […]


Mindfulness meditation use in chronic pain treatment in rural Australia: Pitfalls and potential – A case report

Meditation and mindfulness has been shown to not only help with mental health , but also the management of chronic pain. The Federal Government funded mindfulness App Smiling Minds is a highly regarded free online tool, to help mental wellness and mindfulness techniques and programs We believe our community can benefit from online programs facilitating […]


The Importance of Sleep for People With Chronic Pain: Current Insights and Evidence

During the webinar presented by Dr Karen McCloy, the issue of how sleep deprivation can severely affect people living with chronic pain was discussed, and she emphasised the importance of sleep, not only for people with chronic pain, but many other medical conditions. Selp Help Tips Resource  The following Research Paper explores the current thinking […]


Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Chronic Neuropathic Pain

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Chronic Neuropathic Pain a research trial conducted by the  University of California and San Francisco (UCFS) a study on  PainPost-Stroke pain Trigeminal Neuralgia Nerve Injury Spinal Cord Injuries Postoperative Pain Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Postherpetic Neuralgia Nerve Root Avulsion Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Summary for people ages 18-80 (full criteria) at San Francisco, […]


The Lady With “Electrical” Facial Pain – Steven Graff-Radford, DDS

Sometimes people living with trigeminal neuralgia fear that they are invisible, that nobody in the medical field is interested in the disorder and that there is no hope. However there are many inspiring medical professionals who have dedicated their lives to researching and treating facial pain disorders. One such professional was Steven Graff-Radford DDS who […]


Podcast – E207 Remote Patient Monitoring with Dr. Krishnan Chakravarthy

The world of artificial intelligence (AI) is likely to enable huge efficiency with remote patient monitoring and interfacing with medical practitioners and research models. This podcast is based on the American Market but with opportunity to expand to India and Australia and describes the work now being done to create an affordable pain management product […]


High concentration topical capsaicin for chronic neuropathic pain

We are constantly looking for treatments which may have an application to relieve neuropathic pain. In 2002 an Australian Doctor Hugh Spencer published his story about utilising capsaicin to cure his own trigeminal neuralgia.  His process required making a mouth guard from an imprint of the patient’s teeth, adding a cloth brushed with capsaicin and […]


Vitamin D supplementation reduces risk of major cardiovascular events in older adults

This study evaluates whether Vitamin D supplementation reduces risk of major cardiovascular events in older adults.  Vitamin D has also been linked in studies to reduce inflammation and is so important to help live life well. Why would this be important for people who live with trigeminal neuralgia? Statics show that trigeminal neuralgia affects older […]


Safety of microvascular decompression for elderly patients with trigeminal neuralgia

Research article: Safety of microvascular decompression for elderly patients with trigeminal neuralgia The following is an excerpt of a longer article which can be read in the journal, Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery, Volume 141, February 2016, Pages 77-8. Authors: Kenichi Amagasaki, Saiko Watanabe, Kazuaki Naemura, Naoyuki Shono, and Hiroshi Nakaguchi. More detail can be located […]


Feasibility of Olive Oil for Reducing Facial Pain of Trigeminal Neuralgia

STUDY Feasibility of Olive Oil for Reducing Facial Pain of trigeminal neuralgia. Brief Summary: This is a 16-week non-blinded, parallel, controlled trial to determine the feasibility and potential efficacy of an olive oil dietary intervention to alleviate facial pain caused by trigeminal neuralgia type 1 (TGN). Detailed Description: Trigeminal neuralgia (TGN) pain is debilitating and […]

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FPA – New Life for Cancer Drug

This article was published by the FPA and the research shows that some drugs previously used to treat cancer can be utilised to treat nervous system pain. New Life for Cancer Drug Published October 11, 2021 New life for cancer drug that reprograms pain pathway to fight chronic pain Chronic pain associated with nerve injury and […]


Magnetic Therapy for Trigeminal Neuralgia

Magnetic Therapy – can it form part of a trigeminal neuralgia pain Treatment Plan? This article is for information and education purposes – we do not recommend individual treatment – always consult your medical team to evaluate the best course of treatment for your circumstances. ******** Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Energy Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) Therapy […]

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MLS Treatment Therapy

So what is MLS Treatment Therapy, and how can it help sufferers of trigeminal neuralgia? What is a Multi Wave Locked System? The Multiwave Locked System (MLS®) is a new patented LLLT system that combines 905nm pulsed emissions with 808nm continuous emissions.I It was developed by ASA Laser to help overcome some of the limitations […]


Emergency Department – Break-through Trigeminal Neuralgia Pain

This week the Association launched our Emergency Department plastic wallet cards – to assist sufferers with communicating when attending a hospital emergency department with break-through trigeminal neuralgia pain The following study highlights why this is such an important issue – and very relevant to all of our sufferers Treatment of acute exacerbations of trigeminal neuralgia […]


How Intractable Pain Causes Brain Tissue Loss

By Dr. Forest Tennant, PNN Columnist -August 09 2 The brain not only controls pain but the endocrine, cardiovascular, metabolic, respiratory and gastrointestinal systems. Any or all of these biologic systems may malfunction if there is brain tissue loss. Beginning in 2004, brain scan studies began to document that brain tissue loss can be caused […]


Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Chronic Inflammation

We are always interested in research which can show what conditions may cause chronic inflammation Australian Center for Precision Health, University of South Australia Cancer Research Institute, Adelaide, Australia, 2 South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, Adelaide, Australia and 3 Population, Policy and Practice, UCL Institute of Child Health, London, UK *Corresponding author. Australian […]


Factors that may affect recurrence of trigeminal neuralgia after percutaneous balloon compression

Most sufferers with trigeminal neuralgia have heard of the surgical treatment, Microvascular Decompression (MVD for short), but fewer know about percutaneous balloon compression. I can speak from first-hand experience of both procedures, and of the success with the latter. That is, I remain pain and medication free after five and a half years since a […]


Trigeminal Neuralgia Research – The Facial pain Research Foundation

YouTube Trigeminal Neuralgia: The Facial Pain Research Foundation – Kim Birchiel MD Research is happening around the world to better understand Trigeminal Neuralgia and this foundation has nine research programs ongoing The Facial Pain Research Foundation – it’s time to find a cure! ( In Search of a Cure: Finding the Genes that Predispose to […]


A research on quality of life score (QOLS) of patients with trigeminal neuralgia

A research on quality of life score (QOLS) of patients with trigeminal neuralgia When I visit my medical professionals they always ask questions in order to be sure of the diagnosis, and to be sure the treatment they recommend is appropriate to me personally. I have discovered the following article which may interest you. While […]


‘Treatment Outcomes in Trigeminal Neuralgia–A Systematic Review of Domains, Dimensions and Measures’

Collecting information about TN patients – by Helen Tyzack When visiting my GP, my neurologists and neurosurgeon I have been asked all manner of questions. After trying out a new medication my GP has asked ‘how are you?’. My responses were usually phrases such as, ‘I didn’t have any side effects’, or ‘it made me […]