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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Severe Facial Pain as a Symptom of Multiple Sclerosis

Trigeminal Neuralgia or Tic Doloreux and MS

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Trigeminal neuralgia has to be one of the worst symptoms that people with multiple sclerosis (MS) experience. A couple of readers have written to me about this symptom and said that there were no words to describe the intensity of their pain. It is one of the types of pain described as “neurogenic pain” or “primary pain,” meaning it is the direct result of the disease process of multiple sclerosis, caused by demyelination and lesions on specific nerves.

What Does It Feel Like?

Trigeminal neuralgia, often called tic doloureux (French for “painful twitch”), is perhaps the most intensely painful MS-related symptom. It can be described most commonly as:
  • occurring in the lower part of the face (often triggered by chewing, drinking or brushing one’s teeth)
  • intense, sharp pain
  • like an electrical jolt
  • usually the most intense pain is short-lived (from a few seconds to up to two minutes), but can result in a more constant burning or aching
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I've been suffering from TN for more years than I can remember. the first few times the whole right side of my face went numb for over a month. It started at m right ear and went all the way around my eye, the rt side of my nose, my cheek, my gums on the rt side, the rt side of my tongue, and all the way down through the rt side of my lips and chin.

Years later it returned as something that seemed to be related to the weather getting warmer. For 2 years in a row It started some time in May as a shooting shock of electricity SOMEWHERE in my lower jaw. I couldn't pinpoint a spot. I went so far as to have a root-cannal done hoping it would solve the problem. No go.

In my latest experience I've had TN constantly for the last 8 months without a break for even a day. It goes from the electic shocks to numbness and a feeling of swelling. That's what it's doing right now.

I've been taking Lyrica for almost 2 years. It gives me some relief from the "shock treatment", but doesn't touch the rest of it.

This, along with the MS Hugs, are 2of my worst sx.

Here's to pain-free days.