What is
Trigeminal Neuralgia

What is Trigeminal Neuralgia? Where is the pain felt? What are the causes? More about the trigeminal neuralgia?


Your consultation with the neurologist or pain specialist is time-limited and so it is important that you attend with all the necessary information to make the most of the session.


At TNA, we suggest the following:

Complete a pain diary: Binging a pain diary with you is very helpful, it will aid the clinician in diagnosis and monitoring the effects or TN/medications.

•  The pain diary should be as detailed as possible.

•  It should not be overly long, e.g. perhaps the last 1-2 weeks.

•  You should note the times of attacks e.g. 7am, 12pm.

•  You should note what you were doing when the attack occurred e.g. brushing your teeth.

•  You should describe the pain, e.g. shooting, aching, throbbing, burning.

•  You should note how long the pain lasted e.g. was it fleeting? Did it linger?


Write down your questions: This is your chance to ask the specialist what you want and need to know. Write down the questions you need answers to beforehand. Often, appointments go so quickly we may forget or not have an opportunity to get the info we wanted without having these written down.


Tried treatments/medications: If you have already had medicines or treatments, note down what you have had done, how long you tried said treatment for, and if it made any difference (be that for good or worse).

•  E.g. Nightguard made by dentist

•  E.g. GP prescribed carbamazepine, I took this for 2 weeks.