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When Shocking Facial Pains Keep Coming: Trigeminal Neuralgia Surgery

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When Mark Braxton developed intense facial pain that felt like electric shocks, his neurologist diagnosed him with trigeminal neuralgia. He found relief with Alan Mechanic, M.D., F.A.C.S., Chief of Neurosurgery at Huntington Hospital. For the estimated 1 in 15,000 people with trigeminal neuralgia, attacks last several seconds or longer, and they occur hundreds of times a day. The condition affects eating and other life activities because the slightest touch can trigger an episode. Mark was losing weight and suffering terribly. “It was like… electric shocks coming in your face out of nowhere, where your eyes would even tear,” says Mark. He would constantly worry about his next attack. “I could be driving somewhere,” he adds. Trigeminal neuralgia (TN), or Tic Douloureux, (also known as prosopalgia ) is a neuropathic disorder of the trigeminal nerve that causes frequent episodes of intense pain in the lips, nose, eyes, forehead, scalp, and/or jaw. Dr. Mechanic and his colleagues at NSPC have successfully treated thousands of patients with trigeminal neuralgia, and they combine to form one of the largest trigeminal neuralgia practices in the New York area. When medications and other therapies do not work, patients like Mark turn to expert surgeons like Dr. Mechanic. After Mark’s surgery with Dr. Mechanic, he felt intense pain relief, and he gained back the weight he had lost while unable to chew food. “I trusted [Dr. Mechanic] from the beginning,” says Mark.