Monday, 17 June 2013

TN Info

As we all know, Trigeminal Neuralgia is fairly rare. So why was I utterly shocked the other day while searching for something online?

I came across a health website offering tips and advice about Trigeminal Neuralgia. The first line was, “Trigeminal Neuralgia is a common problem.” I continued to read and found many more inaccuracies such as TN affects just the right side of the face, affecting the eye and lower jaw and only happens while resting.

I actually couldn’t believe what I was reading, but what shocked me more was that the article was supposedly written by a doctor!

I read it, and several other TN sufferers read it and we all agreed just how wrong it was, but what if someone new to TN reads it? What if someone’s relative reads it wanting to find out more, so they could offer more support?

This was a health website, with articles written by doctors. People would expect they could trust the information to be correct. I emailed the website, a detailed email, about the inaccuracies, hoping for a positive response. I explained that TN needs awareness, but it does not need bad information online. I hoped they would take the article off, and correct it before putting it back up. I got a reply asking me to just leave a comment as it could help other sufferers.

Well, I did leave a comment, as did several other TN sufferers. I suggested that anyone reading the article should go elsewhere for information as that was not a reliable source. I hate to think how many other articles were completely off. That is one website I shall avoid in future.

Thankfully, not all websites are like that one. Some are very helpful. Most countries probably have their own Trigeminal Neuralgia Association. Obviously, we can’t list them all, but here are links to a few.

Facial Pain Association, USA
TNA Australia
TNA Canada

If your country has a TNA, and we haven't listed it, please let us know and we will do so.

There is also a very good book about TN called “Striking Back” by George Weigel and Kenneth F. Casey, MD. This is an excellent reference for both sufferers and carers with detailed advice on medication and treatments. It can be purchased from most of the TN Associations or from online bookstores.  

We, at End TN do not profess to know everything about Trigeminal Neuralgia. We are not doctors....we are simply TN sufferers trying to promote awareness.  We can sometimes offer suggestions and we can certainly give support. But for medical advice, we would always suggest to people to speak to their doctor, neurologist or neuro-surgeon. Even the pharmacist sometimes can help if the problem is relating to meds.

Technology has progressed so much over the years, so that we have information at our fingertips. However, as proved this week, it is not always the best information.


  1. Very Great Article, Liz! Love this! Great writing too! Angela

    1. Thank you Angela. Hopefully it can help us get more awareness about Trigeminal Neuralgia.


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