A searing, stabbing pain on one side of the face can be so severe it’s sometimes called “the suicide disease,” and may evade diagnosis. Trigeminal neuralgia is often caused by a throbbing artery in contact with nerves at the base of the brain. Treatment can be difficult though often ultimately successful. Two experts discuss.


  • Dr. Mark McLaughlin, Princeton Brain and Spine, Princeton, NJ
  • Dr. Jeffrey Brown, neurosurgeon, NYU Winthrop Hospital and Director of Medical Board, TNA Facial Pain Organization.


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One thought on “Searing Pain In The Face: Trigeminal Neuralgia

  1. I have been diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia and put in the anti convulsant meds. I immediate stopped taking them after three days because it made me feel like a zombie even the pain was under control.


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