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31 August 2011

Trigeminal neuralgia: A nerve disorder Bollywood star Salman Khan is reported to have been suffering from

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- Harish Jharia

What Is Trigeminal Neuralgia? 

Trigeminal Neuralgia is a nerve disorder that causes severe stabbing and  electric-shock-like pain in parts around jaws on human face.

What Are the Causes, Incidence, and Risk Factors?
  1. The pain of Trigeminal Neuralgia is initiated from the trigeminal nerve. This nerve carries sensations of pain, touch, feelings etc from human brain to the skin / surface of face. It may affect partly or allover the face, including the region of eye.
  2. Trigeminal Neuralgia conditions usually affect older adults, but it may affect anyone at any age. 
  3. Trigeminal Neuralgia may be caused by Multiple sclerosis Pressure on the trigeminal nerve from a swollen blood vessel or tumor and often, no specific causes are found. Doctors are more likely to find a cause if the patient is younger than the age of 40.
What are the Symptoms of Trigeminal Neuralgia?
  1. Very painful, sharp electric-shock like spasms that usually last a few seconds or minutes, but can prolong for quite some time. The pain is usually on one side of the face, often around the eye, cheek, and lower part of the face. Pain may be triggered by touch or sounds. Painful attacks of Trigeminal Neuralgia can be triggered by common day-to-day activities, such as Brushing teeth, Chewing, Drinking, Eating, Lightly touching the face and Shaving etc.
Get well soon Salman Khan...
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