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Posted by Steve ( on March 22, 2001 at 12:59:29:

In Reply to: trigeminal neuralgia posted by lisa on March 21, 2001 at 13:40:11:

I have suffered with TN and had to finally have gamma knife surgery. My advice is to have an MRI with contrast and a MRA of your Brain to see if there is any blood vessels resting on your nerve the Trigeminal Nerve. If so then contact a good neurosurgeon and have it done. It's painless and you should be pain free in a month. I was off of all meds in a month. You can also try trileptal in place of tegretol it's more effective and less harmful on your body. You might also want to try and see a Pain Management Doctor and have a R- V2 injection to the TN Nerve to calm it down. It's a outpatient procedure and only takes 8 minutes. I've had it and it works. The best thing to do is find good Doctors who specialize in TN. I wish you the best and know how bad the pain can be, believe me I was on 3 different meds for 3 months and was like a zombie before I finally had the gamma knife.. Hang in there!
Good Luck,Ps. Try the R-V2 injection first before the gamma knife because it might be all you need and it can be repeated.
Steve :)

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