The trigeminal nerve carries sensation from the face to the brain. Trigeminal Neuralgia is a chronic pain condition affecting the this nerve.
Symptoms can range from mild to severe levels of pain. Pain can be triggered by chewing, speaking, or brushing the teeth. The condition is most common in women over age 50, and most often affects those over the age of 40.
About 200,000 people a year suffer from Trigeminal Neuralgia.