Trigeminal neuralgia and headache. Is there a connection?
Sometimes there is a feeling that the pain is literally "shoots" the head, that is, the attack is short, but very strong. If such attacks occur frequently, it is easy to imagine the torment she experiences! What is the reason for such "salaymeh" pain, and how to get rid of them?
One of the main reasons for "shooting" pains in the head, neuralgia of the trigeminal nerve. Most people who applied with complaints of such symptoms, the results of the survey put this diagnosis. The trigeminal nerve is so called because it is divided into three branches: upper (ophthalmic nerve), middle (maxillary nerve) and lower (mandibular nerve). More precisely, there are two identical trigeminal nerve, located on each side of the head. In traumatic injury, compression or inflammation of any branch of these nerves causes severe, sometimes excruciating pain, wearing paroxysmal in nature. The patient think the pain "shoots" his head. Often these attacks are accompanied by numbness of the skin, spasm of the facial muscles. Also shooting pain may be accompanied by photophobia, watery eyes, change in taste.
Treatment consists in the application of painkillers and anticonvulsants, some of which are prescribed to people suffering from epilepsy. To assign this drug can only be a doctor. In especially heavy cases it is necessary to resort to surgical intervention. Section of the nerve, which presses the enlarged blood vessel, protects the delicate plate of inert material (e.g. Teflon). If the pressure happens because of tumors, it is removed.
How to get rid of a headache
Before you begin to eliminate the pain, it is necessary to determine the nature of its origin. For what else may experience shooting pains in your head? The causes of these shooting pains, in addition to trigeminal neuralgia, there are many. It can be transferred head trauma, hypothermia, metabolic disturbance in the brain, atherosclerosis of blood vessels that feed the brain, osteochondrosis of the cervical spine, etc.
You should consult a doctor and get tested, and do not put yourself diagnosed and do not self-medicate. Depending on the causes of shooting pain in the head, can be assigned to drug therapy or physiotherapy, for example, warming, massage.