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Many have been through a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) process. The intention has been to see whether a blood vessel is resting/pumping on the trigeminal nerve. This is not a diagnostic tool because some people can have this situation and never feel pain or discomfort on the trigeminal nerve. In some cases, a blood vessel does not appear to be touching the nerve yet some people feel pain. The MRI is simply part of a broad information gathering process.
The following research paper, using specific medical language which may make reading a challenge, may be of interest because it examines the usefulness of MRIs.
Titled Predictive value of magnetic resonance imaging for identifying neurovascular compressions in trigeminal neuralgia, this research was published in the journal Neurología (English Edition) Volume 34, Issue 8, October 2019, Pages 510-519.
The Facial Pain Association FPA held a two day conference in January 2022 They had many excellent presentations and one of those was by Dr Gary Klasser, the details of his background is below Specialities and Expertise Dentistry, Orofacial Pain, Temporomandibular Disorders Affiliations Professor, Division of Diagnostic Sciences Louisiana State University School of Dentistry Education […]
FACIAL PAIN: A 21st CENTURY GUIDE For People with Trigeminal Neuralgia Neuropathic Pain 2.3 Botox by Ramesh P. Babu, MD Botulinum toxin is one of the most poisonous biologic substances known to humans. What makes botulinum toxin type A (Botox) safe for use? Even though botulinum toxin is known for its toxicity, administered by well-trained […]
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As a Trigeminal Neuralgia sufferer have you though about using Chronic Pain Meditation
When a Trigeminal Neuralgia sufferer experiences pain flares which are hard to deal with, it may be worthwhile taking some time for yourself and using a meditation tool to help reduce anxiety and stress and hopefully will also result in a reduction in the pain felt. It is so important to use a holistic approach to chronic pain
“This meditation for chronic pain uses relaxation, breathing exercises and guided imagery with one goal in mind, to produce your body’s natural relaxation response to counteract the effects of stress and reduce pain. Relaxation techniques are safe for anybody to use and do not have the side effects of pain medication.”
Any opinion expressed or information provided in/with this email is not a substitute for medical advice. Always contact your doctor or other medical professional if you have a question concerning your or another’s health.
Report from Tasmanian Support Group Leader –February 2022 On a 2020 statewide survey, only one Tasmanian sufferer or their friends or relatives, wanted a sit down get together meeting and only one other wanted a Zoom meeting. Instead the survey and subsequent correspondence indicated people wanted information and occasional personalised phone support. While Tasmania has […]
Australia, one of the most beautiful and diverse countries in the world, with a magnificent coastline, a wild and magical interior, but with a population of less than 28 million, our members suffer the tyranny of distance
We have made many contacts during our 20 year history and our current members are spread all around the country but we are connected through support groups whether they be formal or informal
See the map to get an idea where members are located- by City State and Postcode (no identifying data has been provided).
You can expand the map using your fingers and check out if any other members may be near your location
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One of our members recently had a MVD surgery in Geelong under the care of Neurosurgeon Mr Nick Hall
Our Member Julian Whittaker has kindly added his story to the Members Story section in our library. He has gone through a great deal navigating his Trigeminal Neuralgia journey
We often get asked if we can recommend a neurosurgeon, which can be difficult because a patients relationship with their doctors and medical practitioners can be very different from one person to another
However we need to ensure all sufferers have a choice and having positive recommendations from our members can benefit sufferers
Our Association has close links with Trigeminal Neuralgia Association UK – and they have informed us that they are holding a National Zoom Meeting on February 10th 2022 and all are welcome to login in – Please see below for details UK time so please check your cities corresponding time
“I am thrilled to invite you to our next ‘National Zoom’ on 10th of February at 7.30 pm, when I shall be joined by our very own Professor Joanna M. Zakrzewska who will be covering the new National guidelines on diagnosis and management of TN and how TN patients can use these to ensure that they get the care proposed in this document. Also covered is how to make the most out of your consultation, either on line or in person.
Please download a copy – see link below