TIP SHEET: NEUROPATHIC FACE PAIN AND TRIGEMINAL NEURALGIA

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Acyclovir

I have both classical TN as well as the continual toothache pain of atypical TN. Acyclovir took care of the typical pain in that it reduced the length of time the attack lasted from 30 days to 7 days and also reduced the pain level from 10 to 4 during the 7 day event. The atypical TN pain is a nuisance and can be handled by narcotics if necessary. Mostly, I just deal with it.

It’s not for everyone but perhaps it will be a solution for a few. This disease has always felt like a herpes attack on an internal nerve. I get hints of what is to come, mild attacks that ramp up over time, peak and then recede.

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