International Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day

Today is International Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day!

Trigeminal Neuralgia, also called tic douloureux, is a disorder of the trigeminal nerves that carry sensation to the face. Patients afflicted with this disorder experience debilitating pain on one side of the face. This pain is often described as sudden, stabbing, electric shock-like pain in the forehead, nose, lips, and/or jaw. Because the second and third divisions of the trigeminal nerve are most commonly affected, the pain is usually felt in the lower half of the face, causing some people to first seek treatment from their dentist.

ONS neurosurgeon Dr. Scott Simon specializes in the diagnosis and
treatment of Trigeminal Neuralgia.

Learn more from this CNN story!