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Pain from trigeminal neuralgia can be episodic. This means that attacks of pain can come and go for periods of days, weeks or even months.
In the most severe cases of trigeminal neuralgia, episodes of pain can occur throughout the day with little or no relief between attacks.
Trigeminal Neuralgia Symptoms
Trigeminal neuralgia is characterized by sudden attacks of severe, shooting pain in the face. This pain typically lasts anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. The parts of the face that are most commonly affected by trigeminal neuralgia include:
Trigeminal Neuralgia Triggers
While the painful attacks associated with trigeminal neuralgia can occur spontaneously, seemingly for no reason, there are known triggers that cause many of the attacks. These triggers are everyday activities that stimulate the trigeminal nerve, the largest nerve in the head. Some well-known triggers of trigeminal neuralgia include:
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