Trigeminal Neuralgia

Homeopathic treatment

Before delving into homeopathic treatment let us first discuss the conventional or allopathic treatment available.

The conventional system of medicine or allopathy has no promising treatment in terms of cure for trigeminal neuralgia. Allopathy can help temporarily, either by using analgesics, antispasmodics and Botox injections or by making you go through a surgical procedure.

It is often observed that the patients not only suffer from the painful disease but also bear the intolerable side effects of the drugs prescribed in conventional treatment.

Homeopathy can deal effectively and safely with both acute and chronic flare-ups of trigeminal neuralgia.

Unlike other systems of medical practice there are no pain killers in homeopathy. Here prescription of the physician relies on the cause, triggering factor, aggravating and ameliorating modalities of trigeminal neuralgia. The doctor helps you in dealing with the root cause instead of focusing on suppression of the pain.

Symptoms such as shooting, sharp, throbbing, lancinating and excruciating pains are perfectly dealt by using homeopathic remedies as there are specific medicines for specific type of pain sensation and the remedies work on the particular nerve that is trigeminal nerve and its territory.

The relapses are slowly and steadily withdrawn from the body giving the patient a long sigh of relief. Also, the sensitivity issues are taken care of.

In my clinical practice what I have seen is that patients usually come to me after they have already used allopathic treatment for quite some time. The pain only gets better temporarily till the effect of strong pain killers is there and they also start experiencing side effects related to kidneys, eyes, brain, skin, blood, and liver. Some drugs are also known to cause psychiatric illnesses as well. They want to get rid of the pain as well as do not want to suffer with side effects of allopathic medicines.

With homeopathy gradually the frequency and severity of pain and numbness reduces and the patient is able to taper off the dose of allopathic medicines, finally stopping them altogether. We continue the treatment till the patient becomes completely free of trigeminal neuralgia. Usually it takes around 5 to 8 weeks of treatment for some improvement to start and full treatment can take one to two years.

To summarize homeopathy helps in treating trigeminal neuralgia by:

  • reducing the sharp unbearable pains
  • decreasing the frequency of the painful episodes
  • inactivating the trigger zone
  • reducing the sensations of numbness
  • reducing the chances of relapse
  • producing dramatic remission

There are 120 homeopathy medicines which give great relief. However, the correct choice and the resulting relief is a matter of experience and right judgment on the part of the doctor. The treatment is decided after thorough case taking of the patient. Thus remedies of trigeminal neuralgia are tailor made unlike allopathy in which all patients receive the same drugs including pain killers although trade name may be different.

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What is trigeminal neuralgia

Trigeminal neuralgia (prosopalgia, tic douloureux, Fothergill’s disease) is a chronic pain condition that affects the largest of the twelve cranial nerves i.e. the trigeminal nerve, numbered as the 5th cranial nerve which performs the action of carrying sensation from your face and mouth to the brain.

It is basically a form of neuropathic pain which is considered as the most painful conditions known. The trigeminal nerve has three branches (ophthalmic, maxillary, mandibular) out of which, it is the middle and lower branch which is usually affected.

Who suffers more

Seen most commonly in people aged 50 or more; although, it can occur at any age including infancy. Women are more prone to this gut-wrenching disease than men.

What are the causes

  • Tumor compressing trigeminal nerve
  • Loss of nerve covering of the nerve (demyelination)
  • Aging
  • Infection
  • Diabetes
  • Multiple sclerosis (rarely)
  • Arteriovenous malformation
  • Brain lesions
  • Surgical injuries
  • Abuse of any kind of medications
  • Chemical irritation
  • Stroke
  • Facial trauma

The various triggers

There are a variety of triggers that can aggravate (increase) the pain namely:

  • Brushing your teeth
  • Shaving your face
  • Washing your face
  • Water from a shower
  • Putting on make-up
  • Hair combing
  • Chewing
  • Eating
  • Drinking
  • Encountering a breeze
  • Blowing
  • Smiling
  • Kissing
  • Stress

Site of pain

The pain of trigeminal neuralgia usually occupies one side of the face. The pain can be seen traveling all over the face, over the forehead, eye, upper jaw, lower jaw, teeth, cheek.

What are the symptoms

  • Excruciating pain which is violent, jerking, stabbing, piercing, zapping, sharp, shooting in nature and is mostly unbearable.
  • Repetitive attacks lasting for a few seconds, few minutes, for days, weeks or even months at a time if severely affected.
  • There is restlessness and anxiety.
  • Super sensitiveness of the affected part.
  • Tingling or numbness of the face.
  • The patient is often seen crying out loud due to the intensity of pain or he / she may visibly wince.
  • The occurrence of the pain is rarely seen at night but when affected patient wakes up from the sleep.
  • There is a possibility of having severe episodes of pain lasting for days or months, but then the pain disappears completely and does not recurs for several months or years. This period is called as “remission”.
  • After the main attack, the patient feels slight burning or aching pain in the affected area for some time or between the attacks.The attacks slowly become more frequent and intense over the time span.

How to diagnose

Frequent persistence of facial pain; the painkillers don’t seem to help; no dental pathology is related; then probably you are affected by trigeminal neuralgia.

The diagnosis is made on the basis of history of the patient and results from physical and neurological examinations.

Physical examination (reflex tests) and MRI are done to confirm the disease.

Diagnosing trigeminal neuralgia is a difficult thing to do as there are overlapping symptoms and a large number of other pathologies related to facial pains; so a genuine and thorough case history is taken to understand the condition without being biased.

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Dr. Rohit Jain

He is a consultant homeopathy doctor with more than 18 years of clinical experience.

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