Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness


This virtual race benefits the Trigeminal Neuralgia Association. Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness is a cause that spreads awareness and support for researching and finding cures for Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN). TN is considered to be one of the most painful afflictions known to medical practice. The typical form of the disorder 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.

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Trigeminal Neuralgia

This is a virtual race for Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness.  Medals are 4″ in size and represents the trigeminal nerve and the awareness color of teal.  This race is coordinated by Beth Markesino, who has Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN). Beth is an avid runner and determined to find a cure.

· Trigeminal neuralgia is thought to be caused by compression of the trigeminal nerve, also known as the fifth cranial nerve – the largest nerve inside the skull. The exact cause is not known and some claim it is caused by an underlying condition that affects this nerve.

· The trigeminal nerve has three branches conducting sensations from face as well as the oral cavity to the brain. It is one of twelve pairs of nerves attached to the brain.

· Most people experiencing the symptoms often visit their dentist initially, given the pain is often felt in the jaw, teeth or gums.

· An MRI can sometimes detect whether a blood vessel in your head is compressing one of the trigeminal nerves, which is one of the main causes of trigeminal neuralgia.

· The incidence of new cases is approximately 12 per 100,000 people per year; the disorder being more common in women than in men.

· The condition is both remitting and progressive. It can persist for weeks, months and even years. The remission may grow shorter, but may also worsen.

(2015 Therese Bonnici)


Read more about Beth and TN:

Woman Finds Relief From Painful Disease Through Running

Woman of Maltese descent with rare disease running marathons to raise awareness

Beth Markesino TN Warrior

Former GP Park resident has run in multiple races since being diagnosed with rare neurological disease


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