Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) -  Online Support Group

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If you or a loved one is suffering from Trigeminal Neuralgia, this is the place for you. We are here for information, support, and friendship!

* Please keep in mind we are not doctors and don't treat TN. We are here for comfort and support. You should be consulting a doctor for treatment and advice.

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"I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends"

Ben's Friends and Living With TN have just been featured in an editorial on Rxisk, a UK website concerned with risks and side effects of medication. As written at the conclusion of the article, "support sites are about the members, not the moderators. The model is collaboration, not authority or control – a model profoundly different from much of mainstream medicine and mental health. Doctor-patient collaboration and mutual learning are the model of the future. And Ben’s Friends are pointing the way.

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support sites are about the members, not the moderators. The model is collaboration, not authority or control – a model profoundly different from much of mainstream medicine and mental health. Doctor-patient collaboration and mutual learning are the model of the future. And Ben’s Friends are pointing the way. - See more at:

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Ben's Friends Survey of Patients Referred to Psychiatrists and Psychologists. 

The Ben's Friends support communities conducted a survey in February 2013.  We wanted to learn about your experiences (positive and negative), if you have been sent by a medical doctor to a psychiatrist, psychologist, or other mental health professional. Detailed results of this survey are now posted for Ben's Friends membership and the public. A summary of findings was published in the blog of Dr Allen Frances, MD, on Psychology Today.

Your voices are being heard.  A groundswell of protest is being registered by patients and psychiatric professionals alike, against publication of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) by the American Psychiatric Association.  For more on this controversy, feel free to visit "Patients Are Making a Difference"  [Last Update February, 2014]


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Top Discussions 

1 Altering lifestyle & appearance to deal with TN

Altering lifestyle & appearance to deal with TN

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2 ATN Alternative suggestions?

ATN Alternative suggestions?

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3 Am I a 'lucky' one

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TN Medication possibilities

Anticonvulsants such as carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine, topiramate, phenytoin, or gabapentin are overall the most effective medications for Trigeminal Neuralgia.  Anti-convulsant effects may be potentiated with moderate to high levels of adjuvant therapies such as baclofen and/or clonazepam. Baclofen may also help some patients eat more normally if jaw movement tends to aggravate the symptoms.

Low doses of some antidepressants are known to be effective in treating neuropathic pain and atypical trigeminal neuralgia.  These drugs have been acknowledged in practice standards advocated by such organizations as the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP).

Botox can be injected into the nerve by a physician, and has been found helpful using the "migraine" pattern adapted to the patient's special needs. Stellate ganglion block or other nerve blocks with Lidocaine, Xilocaine, or cortico-steroids are also used for short-term relief.  Some patients may also find relief by having their neurologist implant a neuro-stimulator.

If anticonvulsants do not help and surgical options have failed or are ruled out, the pain may be treated long-term with an opioid such as methadone, oxycodone or Duragesic in patch form. Opiate-based analgesics are not effective for many patients, but may be helpful for others. Opioid drugs do not directly address the neurological mechanisms which cause Trigeminal Neuralgia attacks, but may decrease the pain sensation that is experienced by the patient.

Many patients cannot tolerate medications for years with acceptable side effects.  An alternative treatment is to take a drug such as gabapentin in an externally applied cream base, after processing by a pharmacist who compounds drugs. .

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Reminder: unless a person states otherwise, we are not doctors but do have the same goals. Always consult your doctor about medications.



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