I will read anything having to do with facial pain, whether it is a simple brochure or complicated medical research. The latter of the two, medical research, is a much greater challenge to read and comprehend, but it is of infinitely greater value. The major stumbling block to my accessing the value of published researchContinue reading Evidence Bay: Making Sense of Research Evidence
Together with last week’s post about the exome sequencing study currently underway at Yale, the fact that I stumbled across this article over the weekend gives me great hope that the mapping of the human genome will soon have long awaited positive results for chronic pain sufferers. All I had to see was the first three wordsContinue reading Pain and Genetics: Searching for the Link
If you spend much time in the facial pain community online, you’ll probably notice the many references to facial pain within same families. You’re not alone in noticing that phenomenon. Scientists at Yale University have noticed it too, and they believe that there may be a genetic factor at work. Meet Kristopher Kahle, MD, PhDContinue reading An Opportunity to Participate in Important Genetic Research
The medical appliance industry has long been source of potentially very lucrative investments. When a company first develops an innovation, taking a gamble on its viability and eventual sales can pay rich rewards. That is why financial news outlets often report on new medical appliances when those appliances reach the clinical trial phase, a big step towards entry intoContinue reading New Clinical Trial of a Device for Facial Pain: Hopeful News From the Business World
The emerging technology of 3D printing stands to greatly enhance a facial pain patient’s medical journey by improving accurate imaging of cranial nerves. Currently, a patient seeking surgical intervention for cranial nerve pain relies upon his neurosurgeon’s expertise in radiologically identifying nerve compressions. This is the foundation upon which he will base his decision as to whether orContinue reading Breakthrough: 3D Printing Cranial Nerves
In case you missed it: Currently accepted medical approaches to the management of chronic facial pain can be burdensome at best, and wholly ineffective, at worst. A new study coming out of Switzerland claims to have found a better medicine for the management of chronic facial pain. The substance, known as BIIB074, is a sodium channel blocker. What’s novel aboutContinue reading #ICYMI: Researchers are Developing a New Drug for Facial Pain
Shoja MM, Tubbs RS, Khalili M, Khodadoost K, Loukas M, Cohen-Gadol AA. Esmail Jorjani (1042-1137) and his descriptions of trigeminal neuralgia, hemifacial spasm, and bell’s palsy. Neurosurgery. 2010 Aug;67(2):431-4. doi: 10.1227/01.NEU.0000372088.18260.B1.
From time to time, Face Facts will spotlight people who have distinguished themselves through their service to the chronic facial pain community. For this, our first personal profile, we chose the founder of the largest TN support group on Facebook, Beth Margolis. With nearly 11,000 members, Beth’s group – Trigeminal Neuralgia Support – holds a place of great importance in the array of online chronic facialContinue reading Face Facts Personal Profile: Beth Margolis
Those of you suffering with cluster headaches (CH) know that there are few satisfactory treatments. Currently, the mainstay of cluster headache treatment consists of inhaled oxygen and parenteral triptans, but the ATI Pulsante SPG Microstimulator may change that. Neurostimulation for CH? From their website: Autonomic Technologies, Inc. (ATI) has developed the Pulsante™ SPG Microstimulator System to provideContinue reading New Tech: Neurostimulation for Cluster Headaches
Aching, throbbing, searing, excruciating – pain is difficult to describe and impossible to see. So how can doctors measure it? John Walsh finds out about new ways of assessing the agony. 10 January 2017 – by John Walsh One night in May, my wife sat up in bed and said, “I’ve got this awful painContinue reading How Much Does It Hurt?