Trigeminal Neuralgia defined as “neuralgia involving one or more of the branches of the trigeminal nerves, and often causing severe pain.” The name sounds painful doesn’t it? Trigeminal nerve “ each of the fifth and largest pair of cranial nerves, supplying the front part of the head and dividing into the ophthalmic, maxillary, and mandibular nerves.” So, trigeminal neuralgia is when a person has chronic pain that affects the trigeminal nerve. If you brush your teeth or comb your hair any slight jolt to that pair of nerves will send excruciating pain shooting into your brain from your face.
Trigeminal neuralgia affects women more than men and usually affects people over 50. (Hence most of the images in this article are of women in pain as opposed to men.) initially, it starts out as short bouts of searing pain but then it can progress to more frequent bouts of searing pain. It is a very painful condition to have because the pain seems like it would be unbearable. Those nerves becoming inflamed would make the face feel like it was on fire sending flames of pain to the brain. It sounds like an impossible condition to live with. But people do live with it. But people don’t have to live with it because it can be treated. Essential oils may be able to help.