On October 7th, National Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day brings support and education to the general public about a painful condition.
The trigeminal nerve is the largest of cranial nerves and consists of 12 pairs of nerves that control many functions of the face. Causes of trigeminal neuralgia range from pressure on the nerve, aging, or a disorder that wears away the myelin such as cerebral palsy. Other causes include injury or stroke.
Those with trigeminal neuralgia may experience severe pain in the face and jaw. Even slight stimulation can trigger pain. The pain can be shooting or jabbing. Before an episode begins, some sufferers experience a burning sensation. The pain may be localized or spread and may worsen over time. It can also last a few minutes or days.
While treatments such as surgery or medications may provide relief, the condition is progressive over time.
The observance encourages us to wear teal in support of those who suffer from this debilitating condition. The day promotes advancing the cause of research to help find a cure. It also aims to raise awareness to improve diagnosis and treatment procedures.
HOW TO OBSERVE #TrigeminalNeuralgiaAwarenessDay
Wear teal while you spread awareness about trigeminal neuralgia. Support research and fundraising efforts. Learn more about the condition that may affect someone you love. Find out ways to support them as they seek treatment and relief from trigeminal neuralgia. Share your stories of success and coping skills. While you do, use #TrigeminalNeuralgiaAwarenessDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL TRIGEMINAL NEURALGIA AWARENESS DAY
In 2017, the House of Representatives passed House Resolution 558 naming October 7th National Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day. The resolution calls for action by individuals across the country and acknowledgment of those striving to promote research and treatments.