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| Facial Neuralgias | Other Cranial Neuralgias |
Dental Disorders | Related Disorders |


Trigeminal neuralgia is probably the best known of the very rare and painful conditions  affecting the cranial nerves.  As a group, these conditions are known as facial neuralgias.  These disorders cause facial and intra-oral (inside the mouth) pain ranging from mild burning sensations to incapacitating lightning bolts of excruciating pain.  No one knows with certainty what causes these conditions.  In the case of trigeminal neuralgia, some suspect compression of the trigeminal nerve by a vein or artery.  In some cases, physical injury causes the condition.  In rare cases, tumors or multiple sclerosis can cause nerve damage resulting in facial neuralgia pain. Treating pain caused by nerve damage can be very challenging.  Common pain medications usually have no effect on this type of pain.

In the following sections we discuss both facial and other cranial neuralgias along with other conditions that involve nerve damage or in which facial neuralgias are a complication.  It is our hope  that by examining these conditions and   their treatments we might find something in common that could be of benefit.   At the very least, people with similar conditions can share different strategies for dealing with pain from nerve disorders.

Facial Neuralgias

Trigeminal Neuralgia

  Atypical Trigeminal Neuralgia

  Atypical Facial Pain

  Anesthesia Dolorosa

Other Cranial Neuralgias

Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia.

Nervus Intermedius (or Geniculate Neuralgia).

Vegal and Superior Laryngeal Neuralgia.

Occipital Neuralgia

Dental Disorders


Oral Nerve Injury 

Atypical Odontalgia   

Related Disorders

Postherpetic Neuralgia

Hemifacial Spasm (HFS)

Acoustic Neuroma

Parry-Romberg Syndrome

Multiple Sclerosis

 Diabetic Neuropathy


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