What is Trigeminal neuralgia?
Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) or tic doloureux (also known as prosopalgia) is a neuropathic disorder of the trigeminal nerve that causes episodes of intense pain in the eyes, lips, nose, scalp, forehead, and jaw. It is estimated that 1 in 15,000 people suffer from trigeminal neuralgia, although those numbers may be significantly higher due to frequent misdiagnosis. TN usually develops after the age of 50, more commonly in females, although there have been cases with patients being as young as three years of age.
The condition can bring about stabbing, mind-numbing, electric shock-like pain from just a finger's glance of the cheek. The most common forms of TN affect 1 in 15,000 to 20,000, but 1 in 5,000 are thought to suffer from some type of facial pain.
Many people find relief from medication, chiropractic manipulation, radiation therapy, or one of the five surgical options. Atypical trigeminal neuralgia, which involves a more constant and burning pain, is more difficult to treat, both with medications and surgery.
There are some things that a patient can do to minimize the frequency and intensity of TN attacks:
- Apply ice packs or any readily available source of cold to the area of pain. Cold often numbs the area and will reduce the pain.
- Warming packs, wrapped in a towel to protect one's skin, can also provide relief as they stimulate blood flow to the area they are placed upon.
- Get adequate rest in normal rest cycles.
- Manage your stress well and keep stress levels low. When you feel a TN attack coming on, try to relax immediately.
- Practice healthy living principles such as diet and exercise.
- Avoid foods that may act as nerve stimulants, such as coffee, tea, and foods that are high in sugar.
- Maintain adequate hydration and electrolyte levels at all times.
Using Helichrysum italicum
Helichysum italicum will be the oil of choice to help with Trigeminal Neuralgia , because of its ability to regenerate damaged nerves and relieve pain.
- To use, Apply 3-5 drops Helichrysum from the ear, along the jaw line, and across face.
- Apply every 3-6 hours, depending on pain, every day.
- Add the 3-5 drops to 1 ounce carrier oil, if you have sensitive skin.