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Trigeminal neuralgia is a problem with the large nerve that brings feeling to your face. It causes a sudden, sharp pain on one side of your face. Just touching your cheek or talking can set off shooting pain toward the ear, eye, or nostril. Living with this pain can be very hard.
Some people have long periods when they do not have pain, and then it comes back. Some people have periods of pain often. But medicine or other treatment often can make the pain go away. If you keep having pain, surgery may help.
This problem is also called tic douloureux (say "tik doo-luh-ROO").
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: October 19, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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