According to clinical statistics, approximately 1 in every 20,000 people has suffered from trigeminal neuralgia. During an attack, there will be a throbbing pain in the jaw and cheeks that feels like an electric shock. The symptoms are so severe that the pain in the cheeks can cause the person to be unable to speak. Dr. Xie Bingxian from the Department of Neurosurgery at National Yang-Ming Chiao Tung University Hospital said that learning these three tricks can help prevent trigeminal neuralgia.
What are the symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia?
The trigeminal nerve is one of the large nerves in our head. As the name suggests, the trigeminal nerve has three branches. These three branches are responsible for the sensations in the upper, middle, and lower parts of the face from top to bottom. The cause of trigeminal neuralgia is currently believed to be that the trigeminal nerve is compressed by blood vessels in the area where it enters the brainstem, resulting in a short circuit in nerve conduction. Dr. Xie Bingxian, Department of Neurosurgery, National Yang-Ming University Affiliated Hospital, said that trigeminal neuralgia can cause short-term and severe pain on the face, and patients usually feel it as bursts of throbbing pain or a strong tingling sensation.
The most common pain points of trigeminal neuralgia are located on the upper and lower mandibular branches. Some patients may mistakenly think it is toothache. As a result, they undergo dental treatment, but there is still no improvement. Trigeminal neuralgia tends to occur in spring and autumn when the temperature changes drastically. The incidence rate increases with age, and is common in adults around 50 years old.
The most common pain points of trigeminal neuralgia are located on the upper and lower mandibular branches. Some patients may mistakenly think it is toothache. As a result, they undergo dental treatment, but there is still no improvement.
3 tips to prevent trigeminal neuralgia attacks
What methods can be used to prevent trigeminal neuralgia attacks? Dr. Xie Bingxian said that you might as well learn the following 3 tricks:
1. Keep your face warm:
In autumn, the temperature often turns from warm to cold, and when you step into the shade, you will feel the temperature drop suddenly. You may wish to carry a lightweight scarf, hat or mask with you to effectively protect your face from the cold wind. This helps reduce oversensitivity of the nerve and reduces the chance of an attack of trigeminal neuralgia.
2. Learn relaxation techniques:
Stress and anxiety can also irritate the nervous system and therefore may trigger or worsen the symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia. Learning effective stress management techniques, such as deep breathing, meditation, and yoga, can help maintain emotional balance and reduce the likelihood of pain episodes.
3. Maintain a healthy diet:
Diet is closely related to neurological health. Make sure you get enough vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin B12, calcium and magnesium. These nutrients are essential for nerve function and pain management. Seafood, which is abundant in autumn and winter, contains a large amount of vitamin B12, which is helpful for nerve health. Vegetarians can consider supplementing with appropriate nutritional supplements, which can also help maintain nerve health.
Finally, I would like to remind you that to prevent trigeminal neuralgia, you also need to manage your blood pressure. In particular, people with high blood pressure are prone to trigeminal neuralgia because their blood vessels beat much larger. Managing your blood pressure daily can also Avoid the occurrence of high blood pressure and stay away from trigeminal neuralgia.
Source: Chinese Health Network
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