Natural Trigeminal Neuralgia Treatment

Posted by Carol (Fairfield, Ct) on 02/07/2010
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I have had this trigeminal neuralgia for too long. The side of my face was a piercing electrical shocking feeling, that would send me flying. I believe that this had some bearing on high blood pressure. Because of other health issues, I started taking 1000 mg fish oil, magnesium citrate, 500 mg, Liquid B12, and Phosphatitdyl Serine, 100 mg, before going to bed. . I am almost totally without pain. I had gone to two dentists, because it appeared it was pain stemming from teeth. Not so. I have had luck with this regimen, that I purchased at the health food store. I really believe that the phosphatidyl serine is the curing factor that has helped. My theory is that this being a facial disorder, and phosphatidyl may just heal the nerves causing the pain. Try this for some help!! My blood pressure is also stabilized. Good luck!!

Posted by Bonnie (Hilton Head, Sc) on 08/26/2010

Could you please tell me how long before you noticed significant improvement? Also why do you think the Phosphatitdyl serine was the most effective? I am just now trying to get help using natural remedies.

Posted by Barabara (Bothell, Washington) on 10/22/2012

Hi Bonnie and Carol: in regards to Phosphatititdyl Serine of 100 mg a day, it is researched on the web as helping with memory and cognition and is important in the cell structure esp. Of the brain. It improves the cell membranes so it might help with Trigeminal Neuralgia.

Unfortunately, with TN, it is difficult to tell what really helps unless it is used for a long period of time. This is because TN has periods of remission and unless something has been helping for almost a 7-8 months or a year, it is really hard to determine whether it is the treatment or just a natural remission of the disease. I have had remissions but usually only for a month or two.

So Carol, I am asking you again, if the Phosphatitdyl Serine is still helping you with the Trigeminal Neuralgia, before, I again, try another supplement for pain. It is so expensive, and I have pill bottles that I can't use as it is.

I have also found that joint supplements, such as Hyaronic Acid, seem to make the TN worse; why I don't know. Maybe in its attempt to make things more lubricated and flexible, my arteries and nerves are slipping around against the Trigeminal Nerve more. I am wondering is anyone has experienced this before?

Thanks, Barbara

General Feedback
Posted by Shawanna (Chapel Hill, North Carolina Orange) on 12/19/2009

Hello, i just wanted to let you know these post have been very helpful. My mother who is 40, is suffering from Trigeminal Neuralgia. It saddens me to see her depressed everyday! She is scared to have any surgeries done, but i hope some of these home remedies help. Again, thanks!

General Feedback
Posted by Kay (In The Valley, Ca) on 12/20/2009

Shawanna from Chapel Hill, I have a very dear friend that suffers from this same problem and has found no relief. Could you let us know what remedies your mother tries and what does and doesn't work for her. I wish her luck with this very painful, life altering condition. Thanks for sharing with us.

Oil Pulling
Posted by Gary Tovey (Edmoton, Alberta Canada) on 03/19/2009

Sorry for using this way of contacting you, but I did not see anyware to place a post. So my question is do you know if this Oil Pulling has helped any one with Trigeminal Nerve disorder?

Gary Tovey

Setting Boundaries
Posted by Elizabeth (Buchanan, MI) on 04/30/2009

I've had nerve blocks, lyrica, tegretol, neuronton, marinol(marijuana relieves the pain temporarily), migraine meds+++ I'm a guinea pig for the pharmaceutical companies. I've had 6+ jaw surgeries and facial reconstruction surgery with 3 bone graphs which I think caused this pain.

I suffer terribly from trigeminal neuralgia. When I have an emotional upset, the pain elevates... intolerable, + extreme...I'm a very emotional person who has been suffering from the pain for 10+ years. I've been on every prescription possible with no relief and adverse side effects.

When I read your comment, I was very curious as to how much pain you have endured and how you can control not giving your power away. I do everything for everyone anytime and rarely receive anything in return. Sometimes, I think that I should live alone for the rest of my life because any conflict triggers the neuralgia pain. I should move to a remote place where I'm the only human.

Stress is killing me...or at least it feels like I'm dying slowly from the pain.

Please let me know some of your secrets to holding onto your power and not giving sooooo much.

I look forward to hearing from you....Pleeeeeeeeease!!!

I have an appoinment coming up with the U of M...costs $400+ and I don't feel confident about the doctors at all.

Thank You

Setting Boundaries
Posted by Ann (Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Usa) on 07/19/2010

Hi, Just found your comment as well as the site. I believe I am having a mild bout of TN. But as I have had a number of patients with it, I am able to hypothesize that that is what's going on with me. I hope you are doing better. I am a psychologist who specializes in helping people with chronic pain. I suffer myself from Rheumatoid Arthritis which I was diagnosed with at age 3. Anyway I cannot stress enough the importance of meditating. It is essential for anyone under chronic stress and or chronic pain which of course is a stressor. It takes a lot of guts to deal with pain but there are some important strategies that help. My best to you and your fight. Ann

Setting Boundaries
Posted by Nikki (Tampa, Fl) on 07/07/2015

This is me! I also get it when I'm indecisive. I haven't learned to stand up for myself yet, though.

Vitamin B Depleted by Flax Seed Connection
Posted by Hartensia (Houston, Texas) on 07/15/2008
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After living with Trigeminal Neuralgia for about 4 years I was at the end of my rope. I had tried everything but nothing seem to help, but I searched on. On day I came across a article that said Flaxseed and Flaxseed oil sometimes effects the effectiveness of vitamin B. I was amazed, I love flaxseed and the oil and use them daily. I decided to stop my flaxseed uses and try vitamins again. Praise God it worked. It has only been six days but each day the pain is less and less, today I am about 75% pain-free. I hope this helps someone.

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Posted by J (Houston, Tx) on 11/01/2009

Wow, it's really surprising to hear that there are some negative attributes to flax seed. Congratulations on your healing.

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Posted by Br549 (Lake Orion, Mi) on 05/17/2011

Bone cavities, if not fixed at the time of an extraction, will continue to cause radiating face pain. It's just like having a cavity in your tooth only it is in the bone above the tooth. It took 2-3 weeks after the extraction before the pain was completely gone and that is with a dentist that was familiar with bone cavities. Some are clueless as to what they are. The cavity was on my left side and it made the whole left side of my face ache.

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Posted by Mary Perkins (Murfreesboro, Tn) on 06/21/2011

I have had the excruciating pain of trigeminal neuralgia even when my B12 level was over 1,000. I have foun trigeminal neuralgia specifically linked to the amound of saturated fat that I have eaten. I was searching for some kind of relief and came across a diet for trigeminial neuralgia. It was written by Frank Sherwood. I tried it and it worked. I went off of the diet and am home today suffering the consequences. It took about one week on the diet to reep the benefits. I was also taking about one to two tegretol pills a day with the diet. It was because I felt a flicker of pain and was afraid of a full blown attack. I have not suffered a full blown attack today because I am taking tegretol but I am not feeling well because of the medication. I am convinced that the diet was the key. I also went to the chiropractor. That is also beneficial.

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Posted by Pete (Minneapolis, Mn) on 07/25/2011

I'm glad to see this thread! Have suffered with TN for almost 5 years. Am a vegan most of the time, sometimes go into eating dairy for periods of months, tried Frank Sherwood's TN diet (strict control of saturated fats), found that it seemed to help for a number of months but the TN came back during a stressful time with less sleep a few weeks ago. Got disheartened, "fell off the wagon, " have been eating some junk food again, having more and worse attacks...

I was super strict from Oct. 3 through about three weeks ago: in fact by Jan. Was not only eating less than 3 grams of saturated fat a day, but also all raw--was living on raw fruit, raw veggies, raw seeds and nuts (mostly pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds and walnuts, in carefully measured small daily amounts) and just enough flax to get omega 3s. No sugar, no flour, no refined anything, no cooked or toasted foods... and exercising every day until I tried going outdoors to walk in May and began having TN attacks again--partly stress/overwork/undersleep but also pollen/pollution/mold and outdoor weather seem to trigger them off no matter how perfect my diet is.

Some things I have found that help, often work miraculously are:

HOMEOPATHIC ALLERGY/SINUS TABS. Homeopathic tabs that if I take them right at the beginning of an attack, often stop the attack completely. I always need two. Sometimes they do not work at all.

SUBMERGING MY HEAD in water. Yes, literally, "soaking my head! " I fill the bathtub with medium-warm or lukewarm or cool water depending on the ambient air temp, and kneel down and dunk my head under, slowly blowing out through my nose, holding my head under as long as possible, coming up for air and immediately going under again... After a little while it often stops the pain completely. Again, not always but it works often enough to be worth the trouble and attempt.

I will try B12-maybe my veganism is causing the TN, in part! Lack of B12. I was taking more B12 during the period when I was having fewer attacks, did not realize there was a reputation for it to help with this. Just happened to slack off by chance...

Try the homeopathic tabs! I suspect TN may have many different triggers for diff. People, but for many of us may be akin to an autoimmune/allergic response to environment. Lately I feel like a tropical fish, oversensitive to the extreme to minute changes in the air. Weather really sets these off. The tabs somehow seem to help me restabilize when my trigeminal nerves start to "go postal.

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Posted by N (Tel Aviv, Israel) on 12/24/2011

I'm a 34 yo guy from Israel, suffering 'just' a year and 8 months... after a tooth filling at the lower left molar tooth.

I suffer from constant pain all day and night... It's not a life worth living. I was a healthy guy.

And although I went to tens of doctors (took neurological medicine etc. ) - still don't have a solid diagnose. I feel that saying "atypical facial pain" - is like saying - "we don't really know - we don't really care". I still feel there's something dental that's wrong in my mouth.

Also - my jaw bone at this side of the face changed during this year. It got more "pointy". Or "boney". and by touch it feels like a very small bone grew in the angle of the mandible

Anyone had that? (a slight change in thier bones?)

Don't know what it means - and what to do with the pains...:(


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Posted by Pauline (Uk) on 08/31/2016

Being in Israel have you heard of NanoVibronix? If you are still suffering try contacting them about their ultra sound invention. Not cheap but interesting. I have one standing by but acupuncture has helped me in the mean time.

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Posted by Pat (Seattle, Wa) on 09/07/2013

Low Fat Diet May Fail Many for Trigeminal Neuralgia:

This is for Pete and others who have tried the Sherwood low fat diet of 10mg or less of fat a day. I tried it and I tried it for 2 months. It did nothing for me and may fail many others.

There is real facts and research about the low carbohydrate diet and how it has helped children with epilepsy. 1/3 of the children put on the diet had their epilepsy completely gone, 1/3 had it reduced significantly and the last 1/3 saw no improvement.

The Mayo Clinic called it the Ketogenic diet. However, since the advent of antiseizure drugs the knowledge about this diet became unknown; it is easier to treat a patient with a drug than to educate and motivate a family to make major dietary changes.

Well my doctor told me to try the Atkins Diet because it is low carbohydrate. Well I am willing to try anything before I have to go for surgery (ugh-drilling a hole in your brain is the top surgical approach recommended now but often fails)

So please anyone know about low carbohydrates and if it has helped you with Trigeminal Neuralgia, please respond. I know I have heard of one person long time ago, that said it helped her, but I can't find her entry.

Please let us know. Actually the diet allows veggies, salads, and some fruit right from the start, and you do not feel hungry. It increases your HDL (good cholesterol)and decrease the triglicerides.

Please share any information.

Peppermint Gum
Posted by Michele (Oak Hills, FL) on 12/07/2006
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For the Trigeminal Neuralgia heading, I wanted to mention that I've had ATN (constant pain in T2 and T3) for nearly three years due to an incompetent dentist. Prior to diagnosis, I was trying all kinds of things to stop the pain. I discovered just about any kind of peppermint gum (preferably the kind with a hard shell initially) will stop or greatly reduce the pain within a minute or two. As long as I can taste the peppermint flavor as I'm chewing, the pain is reduced. As the flavor goes away, the pain comes back. Now that I've been diagnosed and am on medications, I still chew gum in the afternoons when the pills decide they're not going to work anymore! This is very helpful when I'm driving somewhere and would prefer not to cry. Oh, peppermint flavored mouthwash does the trick, too. Do some major swishing for at least two minutes, and afterwards, your mouth will feel a lot better.

Peppermint Gum
Posted by Teresa (Ipswich, Ma) on 02/23/2010
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You know I've actually noticed this but I assumed it was because of the jaw movements rather than the pepperment. I originally chewed the gum for fresh breath. I was also spoken to for chewing gum at school.

Peppermint Gum
Posted by Melissa (Chattanooga, Tennessee) on 03/25/2010
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Just a word of caution for those of us with TN and not ATN. Chewing is a trigger of pain for most of us. So gum chewing is usually not advised.

Peppermint Gum
Posted by Mag (Edinburgh, Scotland) on 08/16/2010
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Hi, as like what Melissa said, chewing gum triggers my TN off, so be careful, good luck though x

Peppermint Gum
Posted by Ls (Houston, Texas) on 08/16/2011

I was diagnosed with TN about 2 weeks ago. I first notice the pain while putting on my make-up. Later I had pain in my teeth. Went to the dentist and he said nothing was wrong with my teeth. I went to a doctor in Mexico and I told him I had sinus infection. Well he checked me and said there was nothing wrong with my teeth or my sinus and but that he thought it had to do with my face muscle. A week later went the emergency room with the pain and I was diagnosed with TN. I know that TN does not cause paralyses but I feel my lips don't have that puffiness and a lot drier so I use a peppermint chap stick. It funny Peppermint was mention because when I put it on I don't know if it's the smell or what but it calms my pain too. Maybe I will try a peppermint tea.

B12, Omega 3, Facial Tissue Stimulation
Posted by Veerle (Belgium) on 09/02/2006
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After trying several regular treatements for trigeminal neuralgia in all 3 branches on boh sides of my face, like antidepressants and anti convulsion medications, I ended up with no less pain and a truely scary list of side effects. Not wanting to undergo surgery due to the amount of my face involved and my still young age, I was about 18 when it started, I decided to start looking for alternatives without having to resort to iffy branches of alternative medicine.

In cooperation with 2 friends of my parents, a doctor and a physical therapist, we did a lot of research and ended up with a combined treatment of stimulating and strengthening my facial and neck tissue and high doses of B12 vitamins and omega3.

In addition I started on an extensive, but non straining exercise program to regain my overall health wich had suffered from years of severe pain that often prevented me from doing anything for days or sometimes weeks on end. I also dropped the regular medication since the side effects were so severe they were a problem in itself. Although my recovery was not speedy, I started to notice improvement after about 3 weeks. The pain was still a prominent factor in my life, but was less and less out of control. After about 2 months, I had a virtualy painless period that lasted for about 2 weeks and a half. This may not seem like much, but to me that was the first real painless period in 2 years. The pain came back, but from then on periods were shorter and the pain didn't peak as often. After about 6 months, I had gotten to a point where I could start picking up my life again. severe pain periods only occured about once a month or less and only lasted 2 to 3 days. Verry mild background pain was still present though. I continued the treatment and am now virtualy pain free, not needing the facial stimulation treatment and on far a lower dose of B12 and omega3. If I do feel pain comming up again, it is never as severe and it is enough to up my daily dose of B12 for about 2 weeks to be completely free of symptoms.

B12, Omega 3, Facial Tissue Stimulation
Posted by Martha (Baltimore, Maryland) on 10/18/2008

I was wondering what kind of exerciese you did, how much b12 and fish oil did you take. I have TN and looking for alternative treatment. Docs not put me on meds and after reading about them I really don't want to go there.

B12, Omega 3, Facial Tissue Stimulation
Posted by Bridget (Hamilton, NJ) on 03/10/2009

I have been using acupuncture to successfully treat Trigeminal Neuralgia. Was on medicines but the side effects were too much to handle. The constant pain from TN have been greatly reduced by acupuncture. 25 points, once a week. At first it took three times a week to produce a change, then twice a week, I am now down to once per week. Give it a try.

B12, Omega 3, Facial Tissue Stimulation
Posted by Jackie (Cape Coral, Florida) on 03/01/2010

Dear Veerle (from Belgium)

I read your post regarding the use of Omega3 & B12. My wife suffers from TN. I have passed on the info gleaned from your post. She is taking two capsules of Omega3, twice a day. Plus one B12 capsule in the morning (1500mg).

She isn't one to take medication if at all possible. However, the pain associated with TN forces her to take 75mg (three tabs) at bedtime. If she would follow the doctors advice the dosage would be far greater.

Thanks a million for the info. Please feel free to share any other info that you come by. We will continue seeking info and relief. Spoke to her about acupuncture, but she's not leaning in that direction. We'll see! Thanks again, and good fortune in your search for relief. 'JR'

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Posted by Luca Cazzaniga (London, United Kingdom) on 01/21/2011

Dear Veerle, My name is Luca and I am writing you because my 26 years old girlfriend is experiencing trigeminal neuralgia associated to cluster headache. Since the 31st December 2009 she had headache everyday. The several exams did not evidence any specific cause and despite different medication she's still experience an unbearable pain and too many side effects. Obviously her quality of life is largely influenced and she is currently not able to work, practice sport and live with serenity her life. I have been really impressed by your words and your story and I am wondering if you could give us your mail contact just to ask you some advices. I am a physiotherapy student and to realize that I may potentially help her is fantastic. I am aware that this post is really old but I hope that you may answer. This is my mail: cazza67(at)live(dot)it.

Many thanks. Luca and Manu

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Posted by Nathalie (La-london, Us/england) on 06/22/2011
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This is directed to Luca and others who suffer from Tn as well as cluster headaches. I was diagnosed with both conditions, August 2010. Unfortunately, I suffered in pain without any relief for 9 months prior, as the doctors could not get a handle the fact that I had multiple conditions.

Firstly, Oxygen on level 7 works miracles for my clusters. I am also on Topamax but have reduced the dosage from 275mg to 50 mg over the year. Secondly, the TN did settle a little with Lyrica, but is wasn't until I started vitamin therapy that I started a significant change in my pain level. I still react to certain food enzymes and odours as well as cold air... However, I have gone from a daily pain threshold of 6-7 to a 1-3 from Glutathione and Meyers IV infusions. I recommend them. N

B12, Omega 3, Facial Tissue Stimulation
Posted by Chris (Sammamish, Wa) on 02/16/2013

Can you tell me specifically what kind of facial stimulation you did... E.G., Scenar. Also, can you be more specific on B12?

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Posted by Nan (Jakarta, Indonesia) on 05/17/2013

oh my god, yea, me too! I'm 18 but I think I have this terrible symptom.. how could teenager get this symptom? First time this disease came is when I have wrong sleeping position. ah :(

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Posted by Daisy (Greenville, Pa) on 05/19/2013

I also have Type 1 TN but for the past couple of years, when I have the shock-like pains in my right temple, it almost always seems to be connected with having a lot of pain in my right hip and thigh (I also have fibromyalgia). Sometimes a chiropractic adjustment will completely relieve the pain, but other times it doesn't help at all. Has anyone else experienced this?

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Posted by Wanda (Saint Helena Island, S.c.) on 09/21/2016

Yes I have sharp pain at the temple on the right side also. Hoping and praying to find something to help with the throbbing pain. So anyone know if I can get disability for this? I have applied once and was denied. I find it hard to work on this condition especially as a rural carrier and when the weather changes so does the pain.

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Posted by Wendy (Swaziland) on 05/01/2014

Hi, my husband had a operation to stop the whole pain shock waves he got, He lost his job etc due to this. It was too good to be true, and the pain is back after about 3 years. We are just starting on tissue salts and hope it will work. Any other suggestions? Thanks, Wendy

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Posted by Dave (Fountain Inn, Sc) on 05/01/2014

Wendy, hello.

Trigeminal Neuralgia some sources say is caused by a virus. If me, I'd apply Colloidal Silver mixed with DMSO, 50/50 and apply topically with a white cloth on affected area. I'd repeat four times a week for a month. The DMSO is a penetrant and carrier and will deliver the CS inside the nerves to kill the virus. Also DMSO is anti inflammatory.

Google "DMSO Dr. Jacobs 60 Minutes" and you'll find a great 3 part series that played on 60 Minutes about DMSO. Also on Earth Clinic under Remedies, there are two articles on CS. Helpful.

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Posted by Andrew (Toronto, Canada) on 12/14/2014

Hi Veerle;

What are the neck and facial exercises that you did to relieve the facial pain?

Best regards, Andrew

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Posted by Elena (Austin, US) on 12/25/2014

Hi Dave, I've read that one of the possible side effects of CS is that it would stain this side of your face, like a silver/gray colour. Any information about this? Thanks million

EC: You will find some information here:

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Posted by Dave (Fountain Inn, Sc) on 12/26/2014

Dear Elena,

Thank you for your question.

You mention that you have heard that CS will stain the side of face that the CS is applied to.

Well, I've used CS many times (100 ?) in topical applications and have no stains of grey or silver. Here's a test: Try a bit of the DMSO/CS on a white cloth and apply to some part of body that isn't normally seen...inner thigh for instance. No stain. But satisfy yourself first that such assertions are more misinformation by ill informed folks who just don't know what they are talking about.

Of course, I am talking about CS and not a Silver compound. But even silver creams are applied .... unless one is making Silver Nitrate I just don't see how Colloidal Silver...99.9 percent water with only a few atoms of silver per million molecules of water... can stain. But try a little using the test I outline. Goodness....even iodine stains when applied topically but disappears after an hour or so. But I've never seen any stain whatsoever with CS. Good luck attacking the Tri Gem. My theory is that it's a virus so the topical App of CS/DMSO could at least halt the progression. I liken it to shingles.

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Posted by Jorgen (Thailand) on 01/28/2015

Would appreciate if you could give me the daily dosage of b13 and omega 3.
Thank you

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Posted by Nikki (Tampa, Fl) on 07/07/2015

What doses did you use and what type of stimulation? Thanks :)

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Posted by Laura (York, Pa) on 11/25/2015

I have the same issue. Can you please explain the facial stimulation and strengthening exercises?

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Posted by Anne (Texas) on 01/04/2016

Are you still pain free? I am looking desperately for some relief for my son who has had atypical TJN for three years. He is depressed and feels there is no end to it.

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Posted by Wanda (Saint Helena Island, S.c.) on 09/21/2016

Can this be done at any chiropractor? I have tn and suffer from time to time with pain on the right side of my face.

B12, Omega 3, Facial Tissue Stimulation
Posted by Steve (Nv) on 09/21/2016

Check out cold laser therapy. There is some good research that shows it can definitely help with TN. DMSO is also helpful in relieving TN pain.

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