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CASE STUDIES: Trigeminal Neuralgia

Please note: Case studies summarizing patientsí responses to care are intended for educational purposes only and do not imply a guarantee of benefit. Individual results may vary, depending upon several factors including age of the patient, severity of the condition, severity of the spinal injury, and duration of time the condition has been present.

Female, Age 38, Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN), Dizziness

This 38-year-old female experienced TN pain for 3 years. It began with a "shock" sensation above her lip and eventually moved throughout the right side of her face and forehead. She was initially prescribed 200mg of Neurontin (nerve pain medication) and eventually her neurologist increased her prescription up to 1800mg per day to try to reduce the pain. Even while taking 1800mg of Neurontin per day, she experienced excruciating pain on the right side of her face and forehead. She also experienced dizzy spells, ear ringing, and hearing loss in her right ear. Medical doctors had no answers other than to suggest surgery to possibly impact the involved nerves and blood vessels.

During this patient's upper cervical exam, a neck injury was found. When questioned as to possible traumatic causes of the injury from her medical history, she recalled experiencing a blow to her head shortly before the onset of the TN pain. This blow to her head most likely caused the upper cervical injury. After several months of upper cervical care to correct the upper neck injury, she was free of TN pain, and gradually reduced her pain medication. The dizziness, ear ringing, and hearing loss were also absent after upper cervical care.

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