Are Your Symptoms Trigeminal Neuralgia?
If you have facial pain but you're not sure if you have trigeminal neuralgia, take our online risk assessment to learn more. We'll ask you a series of questions. After you answer all the questions, you will receive recommended next steps based on your answers.
If your answers suggest that you might have trigeminal neuralgia, our neurology team will guide you through next steps including the advanced treatment options available at Baystate Health. Learn about those treatment options below, and call us if you have questions: 413-794-5600.
Advanced Procedures to Relieve Your Pain
If you’ve been diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia, you can get relief from the severe facial pain this condition causes. Our expert neurosurgeons at Baystate Health are here for you.
No other healthcare provider in western Massachusetts provides treatment for trigeminal neuralgia, and we treat more patients with this condition than many of the state’s largest medical institutions. We see patients with trigeminal neuralgia who come to us from throughout the country and world because of our expertise. We’ll work with you to create a customized treatment plan based on your symptoms, concerns, and needs.
Medical Therapy for Trigeminal Neuralgia
Your treatment plan likely will start with prescription medications. The medication we use most often to treat trigeminal neuralgia is carbamazepine (Tegretol or Carbatrol). This is part of a class of medications called anticonvulsants, which we use most often to treat seizures. If carbamazepine isn’t a good choice for you, your doctor may recommend another anticonvulsant instead. Your doctor may adjust your dosage until you have the most pain relief with the fewest side effects.
As with any medication, you may experience side effects from your treatment. Side effects from carbamazepine and other anticonvulsant medications can include:
- Memory loss
In addition, you may become resistant to carbamazepine therapy over time. This can lead to you getting less benefit from the medication even after your doctor increases the dose you take. If this happens, you and your doctor may need to discuss surgical treatment for your trigeminal neuralgia.
Surgical Treatment for Trigeminal Neuralgia
There are several procedures available to treat trigeminal neuralgia if medication therapy is no longer enough or if you’re not a good candidate for it.