October 7 is nationally recognized as Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day, a condition often misdiagnosed causing prolonged pain and unnecessary procedures for patients seeking a resolution.
Known as the “suicide disease,” trigeminal neuralgia is characterized by the excruciating pain that occurs when the fifth cranial nerve is compressed by a blood vessel. Patients commonly receive medication as a first line treatment option, but those with advanced or recurring pain may require or request more aggressive treatment. In these cases, stereotactic radiosurgery can be an excellent option.
CyberKnife Center of Chicago uses CyberKnife® technology to deliver stereotactic radiosurgery. During treatment, the machine delivers highly focused radiation beams to pain fibers of the trigeminal nerve to interrupt pain signals delivered to the brain. Patients may experience relief soon after treatment and in some cases medications may be significantly reduced or no longer required.
This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.