Sjogren’s Syndrome and Trigeminal Neuralgia

“Trigeminal sensory neuropathy can occur and may be characterized by progressive sensory complaints on the face. They are generally spontaneous and nonlancinating. They could start on one side and subsequently become bilateral. They may be progressive over months to years.”

One could wonder why, once the diagnosis of TN is established, it would be necessary to link the cause to Sjogren’s syndrome.

Here’s why: Because common medications used to treat TN address the symptoms, not the cause:

It is important to note that use of these symptomatic medications does not target the neuron-inflammation which may be contributing to neuropathy. In such cases, judicious use of immunosuppressant medications should be considered.

Need more? There’s zillions of good, recent studies out there. So. Are there neurologic manifestations in Sjogren’s syndrome including trigeminal neuralgia?

YES.

Does Sjogren’s syndrome affect more than the eyes and the mouth?

GAAAAAAAHHHHHH! YES!

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