You know what worries us more than the disease itself, their names. We believe that what sounds complicated is complicated. And no matter how much the doctors assure us, we keep on worrying. Even though we didn’t attend the same college as they did, we must have knowledge about the disease we are suffering from
The same is the case with Trigeminal Neuralgia. No doubt it’s a rare disease, so we don’t often hear about it. But there are many different treatments available based on intensive studies and researches. And before making any decision on what to opt for, you should be aware of each one of them.
The following three points will cover Trigeminal Neuralgia treatments in one glance.
1.Minimally Invasive Surgery
Percutaneous stereotactic rhizotomy is a well-recognized minimally invasive technique performed under local anesthesia. This procedure involves a radiofrequency generator that produces high-frequency voltage fluctuations. The voltage produced with the help of micro-electrodes is then used to destroy the nerve fibers carrying pain signals to the brain with utmost precision.
PSR produces some sensory loss in the affected area (a degree of facial numbness) though it does not affect facial nerve function. Other possible side effects include double vision, Dysesthesia, loss of corneal reflex, or weakness in the jaw.
PSR typically takes about 1 to 2 hours, you can go home on the same day. It is effective for patients of all ages. Although chances are, pain can reoccur after some years that can be further eliminated with open surgery.
Microvascular decompression (MVD) is a well-known surgery for Trigeminal Neuralgia. It is an open surgery in which blood vessels compressing the trigeminal nerve are removed through a small hole made behind the ear on the side of your pain and a soft cushion is placed between the nerve and the arteries.
Decompression reduces the sensitivity of the trigeminal nerve. Risks involved in this surgery include decreased hearing, facial weakness, facial numbness, double vision, hoarseness, difficulty swallowing, or a stroke.
While the procedure typically takes 2 to 3 hours, you have to stay at the hospital for 1 to 2 days. This surgery is the most effective treatment for Trigeminal Neuralgia.
3. What you can do about it
You cannot treat yourself but you can help the doctor by giving all the necessary information about your present problem and your medical history. You should make a list of the following things before setting up an appointment with your doctor.
- Every symptom and its duration
- Triggers that elevate your pain
- Medical history
- Ongoing medications
Now, you get a broad overview of Trigeminal Neuralgia treatments. These are further divided into subcategories classified by minute details. The most suitable treatment for you can only be concluded after proper examination. Take time and thoroughly discuss with your doctor before opting any. The final decision is only up to you, don’t rush it.