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  • Facial Neuralgia & Medicinal Mushrooms

  • Facial neuralgia or Trigeminal neuralgia (TN), sometimes is also called Tic Douloureux.

    Facial neuralgia is a chronic pain condition associated with nerve injury or nerve lesion that affects the trigeminal nerve or 5th cranial nerve which is one of the most widely spread nerves in the head.

    The typical or "classic" form of Trigeminal neuralgia (type 1) causes extreme sudden and sporadic burning or shock-like facial pain that lasts anywhere from only a few seconds to as long as two minutes per episode. The pain attacks can occur in quick succession for the duration of up to two hours.

    The “atypical” form of Trigeminal neuralgia (type 2) though causes constant aching, burning and stabbing-like pain,; it is not as intense as Type 1.

    Facial neuralgia can manifest itself as Type 1 and Type 2 in the same person at the same time. It can also include different branches of the nerve affecting different areas and one or both sides of the face at the same time. The intensity of pain is so severe that can be physically and mentally incapacitating.

  • The trigeminal nerve has three branches and according to the distribution of the branches of this nerve, it affects different areas:

    • The ophthalmic, or upper, branch supplies sensation to most of the scalp, forehead, and front of the head.
    • The maxillary, or middle, branch stimulates the cheek, upper jaw, top lip, teeth and gums, and to the side of the nose.
    • The mandibular, or lower, branch supplies nerves to the lower jaw, teeth and gums, and bottom lip.
  • What can cause facial neuralgia?

    • A blood vessel pressing on the trigeminal nerve
    • Multiple sclerosis
    • Tumour compressing the nerve
    • Arterio-venous malformation
    • Injury to the trigeminal nerve as the result of oral or sinus surgery
    • Stroke
    • Facial trauma
  • What can trigger facial neuralgia?

    • Shaving
    • Smiling
    • Face washing
    • Applying makeup
    • Lightly touching the skin
    • Brushing teeth
    • Eating
    • Drinking
    • Talking
    • Blowing the nose
    • Exposer to the wind, breeze or draught.
  • Facial neuralgia attacks can, with time, become more frequent and more intense with shorter periods of time in between the attacks.

    Sometimes these gaps between the attacks can get shorter or totally disappear and the person starts experiencing a continuous excruciating pain.

    The medication to control the pain becomes less and less effective and, though the disease is not fatal, it can be dilapidating. It affects the person’s ability to maintain a normal lifestyle, restricts the engagement in daily activities, as well as the social interactions become difficult or impossible.

  • Recommended Medicinal Mushrooms:

    Lion's Mane is the king when it comes to treating any disease caused by dysfunction of nerves and nervous system in general. 

    The most outstanding and most valuable property of Lion's Mane mushroom is its ability to stimulate the synthesis of Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) which helps in restoring the damaged nerves. To read more about this medicinal mushroom, please go to the respective page on our website or click on the link below.

    The medicinal mushrooms Reishi, Maitake and Cordyceps added to Lion's Mane, would provide the best outcome when it comes to any health issues involving nervous system.  

    Please do not hesitate to contact me and discuss your health issues or any of our MediMushrooms products.

    I am here to help,
    Dr Alla.