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Trigeminal neuralgia is a painful condition affecting the trigeminal nerve, which is located in the face and carries sensations from the face to the brain. People with this condition report piercing pain in their cheek and jaw, which can strike dozens of times a day.
In this Medically Speaking interview with Sharon Boston, Dr. Neil Porter, a neurologist at the University of Maryland Medical Center, describes how trigeminal neuralgia can affect people’s lives, sometimes causing them to isolate themselves to avoid anything that might trigger the pain. Dr. Porter discusses some therapies for trigeminal neuralgia, which include medications and Gamma Knife treatment.
In this podcast, Dr. Porter, who is also an assistant professor of neurology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, offers advice for people who have this condition or those who may have a friend or family member with trigeminal neuralgia.
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