Trigeminal neuralgia, type of nerve pain, is an early multiple sclerosis symptom

Along with medical treatments, there are steps people can take to help manage trigeminal neuralgia themselves. They can identify and avoid triggers. For example, if hot or cold drinks trigger attacks then avoid really hot or really cold beverages. If pain is the result of activities you can’t avoid, such as brushing your teeth, then an occupational therapist may be able to help you adjust your technique.

There is no denying that living with trigeminal neuralgia can be a challenge, the constant patterns of pain can be draining. The condition can lead to lack of sleep, depression and isolation. If you or someone you care about is suffering from multiple sclerosis and trigeminal nerve pain, support and encouragement are important. In some cases, MS nurses and GP’s can refer those who are suffering to a psychologist, who can help them cope with the chronic pain and stay positive.

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