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Modern Medicine: Trigeminal Neuralgia

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Panama City, Fla. - Sharp, sudden pain in the face could be a sign of a debilitating syndrome.  The condition is called trigeminal neuralgia.

Neurosurgeon Dr. Charles Wolff describes it as "one of the most painful syndromes known to mankind."  He says the pain can be in the forehead, the cheek or the jaw.

Dr. Wolff explains that anti-seizure medicines can help, but brain surgery is also used to help stop the pain.

Doctors drill a tiny hole in the skull.  The goal is to locate the artery that's pinching the nerve and causing the pain.  Dr. Wolff says patients typically stay in the hospital a night or two after surgery.  He says patients with this condition should seek treatment because they don't have to suffer.