Caring for someone with TN

Caring For Someone with Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN)

Trigeminal neuralgia can have a profound effect on not only the individual suffering, but also on those around them and family, friends and relationships are all likely to be affected. TN is unpredictable and therefore can be difficult to cope with, both for the patient and the carer.  Not knowing when the next attack will strike can cause fear and depression.  However, there are mechanisms that can be used to greatly help in the management of TN and therefore improve the life of the patient and carer.

To the outside world it is difficult for people to comprehend exactly what TN is, the severity of the pain during an attack and how it is such a debilitating condition. As a carer you will therefore need to be prepared to explain to others what is happening if an attack should occur outside of the home.

Signs of an attack
You, as the carer will be aware of the some of the indications that a patient may be experiencing when they are having an attack:

Whilst TN can occur without provocation, usually an attack is brought on by a trigger.  For example, a trigger could be a cold wind blowing against the face, brushing one’s teeth or eating a meal.  The sufferer will tend to avoid the triggers, not wishing to bring on the pain of an attack.  Therefore, it is important to devise ways together around these issues so that the they can continue to lead as normal a life as possible.