This is not to say that there are some patients who suffer terribly and for those patients, the members of the Medical Advisory Board of the Trigeminal Neuralgia Association have pledged a good deal of their time and careers towards developing additional procedures which may be of help. At the same time, the trigeminal neuralgia foundation is currently undertaking groundbreaking research looking at the genetics of trigeminal neuralgia and how those genetics may affect the treatments that we can offer to patients who suffer from this particular form of neuropathic pain as well as other forms of neuropathic facial pain. Starting in 2004 in France, a nonsurgical/noninvasive procedure known as transcranial magnetic cortical stimulation was utilized in patients with neurogenic facial pain of all types and specifically trigeminal neuralgia with significant relief obtained. Owen was another researcher in the United States who found the same results a year later. Recently the group in England showed the transcranial magnetic stimulation with a device that is a portable unit has shown that this transcranial magnetic stimulator works quite nicely for migraine pain and now have extended their work to neurogenic facial pain.
The message is that much work is being done.
Kenneth F Casey M.D.
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