Supporting Trigeminal Neuralgia

Supporting Someone with Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) 

Trigeminal neuralgia can have a profound effect on not only the individual suffering but also on close friends and family. Trigeminal Neuralgia 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, some mechanisms can be used in supporting Trigeminal Neuralgia pain. And therefore improve the life of the patient and carer.

To the outside world, it is difficult for people to comprehend exactly what Trigeminal Neuralgia is. Trigeminal Neuralgia pain can differ, during an attack, it can be almost debilitating. As a carer, you need to be the key in supporting their Trigeminal Neuralgia and 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 some of the indications of a Trigeminal Neuralgia attack:

Whilst Trigeminal Neuralgia 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 an attack. Therefore, it is important to think of ways around these issues. As it is paramount that the sufferer can continue to lead as normal a life as possible.


Research into supporting Trigeminal Neuralgia, and building your knowledge



Medications and Treatment



Living A Normal Life



Other ways of supporting Trigeminal Neuralgia



Attending Medical appointments



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