Do you have a sudden, intense, stabbing sensation in your cheek or jaw? If yes, this could be a sign of trigeminal neuralgia (TN). Trigeminal neuralgia, also called tic douloureux, is a neurological disorder that affects the trigeminal nerve, which is the nerve responsible for providing sensation to the face, jaw, and forehead. It is characterized by episodes of intense pain in one or more of these areas and is commonly referred to as the “suicide disease” due to its extreme intensity and duration.
In the United States, a report showed that an estimated 150,000 individuals are diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia annually, with an incidence rate of 12.6 per 100,000 person-years and a prevalence of 155 cases per 1,000,000.
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