Trigeminal neuralgia

This toolkit aims to support health care professions in supporting and managing those suffering with pain due to trigeminal neuralgia. Where guidelines have included both assessment and management, the guideline link will be posted in both sections.

Assessment / Diagnosis: 
The following links will provide up to date and evidence based guidance in assessing those living with pain due to this condition. Trigeminal neuralgia is defined by the International Headache Society as ‘‘unilateral disorder characterized by brief electric shock-like pains, abrupt in onset and termination, and limited to the distribution of one or more divisions of the trigeminal nerve’’. The diagnosis of CTN requires the absence of a clinically evident neurological deficit. It provides a review of a number of neuropathic pain assessments.
Management / Guidelines: 
The following links provide up to date, evidence based guidance and guidelines on managing pain due to peripheral neuropathy. Many of the links deal with management of neuropathic pain in general. Links presented in this section also provide guidance on what information and advice may be given to reduce the impact of the condition.
Self Management: 

This section provides links to useful information to support self management in people who live with neuropathic pain.

Further Information: 
This section provides website that are helpful in looking at innovative ways of managing patients with this condition and with chronic pain in general.