Neuralgias and facial pain can be disabling, severely painful, and negatively impact someone’s quality of life. Dr. Sharon integrates a comprehensive approach by both identifying the origin of the pain, recommending the right therapies, often using injections and other procedures, an alternative approach, medical marijuana, neuromodulation devices, and other new and innovative treatments.
Trigeminal Neuralgia is one of the most painful conditions humans experience and can be significantly disabling. Sufferers experience excruciating pain arising from the trigeminal nerve which provides sensation to one side of the face. Often, just the smallest thing such as eating, talking, wind, touching can set off a wave of terrible pain that can be incapacitating.
It is important to determine whether there is another underlying cause for the pain and to rule out other conditions. Sometimes trigeminal neuralgia can be caused by a brain lesion or is commonly found in people with Multiple Sclerosis. Also, trigeminal neuralgia is sometimes confused with other conditions that require a different approach and treatment. Therefore it is always important to establish a diagnosis.
Patients with trigeminal neuralgia often have been to many doctors and have not found relief with the therapies they were recommended. Also, many of the older medications given to patients with trigeminal neuralgia can have intolerable and dangerous side effects.
Dr. Sharon is an expert in the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia and can recommend new innovative therapies which patients have not tried in the past. His years of experience treating the condition have allowed him to offer potent and effective therapies that often have less or no side effects.
Occipital neuralgia is a very common condition that causes severe headache for many people. Due to a lack of awareness of this condition, it is often underdiagnosed or misdiagnosed which leads to ineffective and delayed treatment.
The pain often starts in the back of the head and shoots forward to the front. Patients often complain of pain around or behind the eyes. When pressing around the nerve at the back of the head people get a severe pain.
There is often very effective treatment which includes a nerve block or an injection of anesthetic (lidocaine) along with a small dose of steroid around the nerve. This is a simple and safe procedure that is performed in the office. Other therapies include alternative therapies and medications.
Often this condition is found in patients who also experience other chronic headache conditions such as chronic migraine and its treatment can have a significantly positive impact on their lives.
These lesser known nerve disorders or “neuralgias” cause pain around where each respective nerve provides sensation for. Patients with auriculotemporal neuralgia often experience shooting pains around their ear and side, side forehead and upper side of their face. In supraorbital and supratrochlear neuralgia, the patients experience pain above and around their eyebrows and their forehead. Proper administration of a nerve block, or the right medicine can be very helpful or even curative.
Facial pain is a common condition where people experience significant discomfort in their face which can sometimes be very severe and completely disabling.
Patients often find themselves seeing many types of doctors including neurologists, dentists, maxillofacial specialists, ENT doctors and sometimes undergo unnecessary procedures and surgeries sometimes can make things even worst.
Patients also try multiple medications which either do not help, or cause bad side effects… or both. They can even get addicted to certain medications.
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