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It is important to be evaluated by an experienced team of specialists who can distinguish the various types of facial pain and who have the special expertise to offer a broad range of treatments.
Trigeminal Neuralgia Diagnosis
Because the pain associated with trigeminal neuralgia often occurs in and around the jaw area, it is commonly misdiagnosed and attributed to other conditions, especially dental disease. Accurate diagnosis of trigeminal neuralgia relies on your ability to describe the location and type of pain you are experiencing.
To diagnose trigeminal neuralgia, your doctor will typically take your medical history and do a physical exam. Since there is no specific test for trigeminal neuralgia, diagnosis relies heavily on your description of their symptoms. Giving your doctor details of the pain, such as where and when it occurs, may help with making a diagnosis.
Trigeminal Neuralgia Diagnosis Using MRI
Imaging tests such as magnetic resonance imaging scan (MRI) can be very successful in helping to diagnose trigeminal neuralgia. An MRI can help determine if a trigeminal nerve in the head is being compressed. Compression of the trigeminal nerve is thought to be the primary cause of trigeminal neuralgia.
Trigeminal Neuralgia Treatment
Once we confirm a diagnosis, we will discuss your treatment options with you.
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