What is trigeminal neuralgia?

Trigeminal neuralgia is a painful neuropathic condition affecting the nerves in the face, specifically the trigeminal nerve.  The trigeminal nerves are responsible for pressure, temperature, and pain, meaning that any injury or disorder in the tissue surrounding the nerves will cause a variety of pain.  The trigeminal nerve is also responsible for the motor function of chewing, meaning trigeminal neuralgia can impair one’s ability to chew food. [Read more...]