International Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day
October 7 is the International Trigeminal Neuralgia Day. Trigeminal neuralgia is the most painful condition compared to other types of pain. The international day acts as an educational event, within the framework of which information about this disease is disseminated. The campaign was first launched thanks to the initiative of the organization TNnME. Awareness Day was established in 2013.
- The trigeminal nerve comes to the surface near the temple and divides into three branches – ophthalmic, maxillary and mandibular.
- The disease is one of the rare ones, as a result of which the medical practice of its treatment is very limited. People with trigeminal neuralgia are often misdiagnosed as diseases of the ear, teeth, and jaw, so patients spend time and money on treatment for a nonexistent ailment, while the neuralgia continues to progress.
- For the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia, only one drug – carbamazepine (trade names – Tegretol, Finlepsin) has been used for decades.
- The pain of neuralgia is so strong that a person cannot concentrate on anything, even just watching TV.