Other Names:
Trigeminal neuralgia
Ice-pick headache

The 1st (olfactory), 5th (trigeminal), 9th (glossopharyngeal), 10th (pneumogastric), 11th (accessory), 12th (hypoglossal) cranial nerves and other specified nerves can be causes of pains called neuralgias.

Trigeminal nerve is one of a pair of nerves that connects to the mouth, teeth, face and nasal cavities. Trigeminal neuralgia (tic douloureux) is a disorder that causes episodes of intense, stabbing, electric shock-like 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. Something as simple and routine as brushing the teeth, putting on makeup or even a slight breeze can trigger an attack resulting in sheer agony for the individual. It is universally considered to be the most painful affliction known to adult men and women.

Narrower Problems:
Related Problems:
Facial paralysis
Medicine Nervous system
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being
Problem Type:
G: Very specific problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST