Trigeminal Neuralgia Association

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The Trigeminal Neuralgia Association is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) volunteer organization. It was founded in 1990 by a group of trigeminal neuralgia patients profoundly grateful for recovery from years of disabling pain. The organization now assists thousands of patients around the world.

TNA has emerged as the world’s leading resource for information and health care guidance for all people suffering from neuropathic facial pain. Both patients and health care professionals benefit from its programs of education, patient support and research.

Guiding the association is a volunteer governing board and a Medical Advisory Board of highly-skilled experts in neurosurgery, neuroscience, general medicine, and dentistry.

Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is considered to be one of the most painful afflictions known to medical practice. TN is a disorder of the fifth cranial (trigeminal) nerve. The typical or “classic” form of the disorder (called TN1) causes extreme, sporadic, sudden burning or shock-like facial pain in the areas of the face where the branches of the nerve are distributed – lips, eyes, nose, scalp, forehead, upper jaw, and lower jaw. The pain episodes last from a few seconds to as long as two minutes. These attacks can occur in quick succession, in volleys lasting as long as two hours. The “atypical” form of the disorder (called TN2), is characterized by constant aching, burning, stabbing pain of somewhat lower intensity than TN1. Both forms of pain may occur in the same person, sometimes at the same time.

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