Trigeminal Neuralgia is a debilitating disorder that results in episodes of intense, stabbing, electric-shock-like pain, usually on one side of the face. The pain is often triggered by simple things like touching the face lightly, brushing the teeth or applying make up. It is widely accepted that typical TN is caused by compression of the nerve when a blood vessel (either an artery or a vein) lies on the nerve pressing into it. Other causes of trigeminal neuralgia include Multiple Sclerosis, nerve damage from trauma and tumors, or demyelination of the nerve (wearing away of the protective covering of the nerve).
Trigeminal neuralgia is considered to be one of the most painful conditions you can experience. However, with the treatment options available today, people are not doomed to a life of pain. Doctors can help manage the pain for almost everyone with either medications or surgery.
The disease is also called Tic Douloureux. To learn more about Trigeminal Neuralgia click on the About TN page. You can also read many TN stories of people who have struggled with this diesease.
If you have facial pain, please contact your physician to obtain a proper diagnosis and to discuss treatment options. The information in this web site can not replace medical advice. We hope to provide you with information that can help you understand the disease better.
The Trigeminal Neuralgia Association of Canada
The Trigeminal Neuralgia Association of Canada is a non-profit association of individuals in Canada with an interest in Trigeminal Neuralgia and other diseases causing facial pain. The first Canadian group was established in Lethbridge in 2000 by Marion Guzik, a past TNAC President. Marion has TN herself and understands completely how living with this disease can be difficult and a challenge.
People with this disorder can feel helpless and isolated. The Trigeminal Neuralgia Association of Canada has a mission to provide support and information to anyone with Trigeminal Neuralgia, their family, friends and other members in the community.
The TNAC name (Trigeminal Neuralgia Association of Canada) was registered in November 2002, and we received our Charitable Organization status in February 2003. In August of 2007 we were incorporated at a federal level (TNAC B/N 82729 1527 RR0001). The medical advisor for TNAC is Dr. Anthony Kaufmann of Winnipeg, Manitoba.
While the TNAC does not provide medical advice, we do provide information that can help patients understand their disease better and understand the treatment options available. Patients are always advised to seek the advice of a physician for diagnosis and treatment.
Funding for the association is provided through donations.
You are invited to join this organization to demonstrate your support to those with TN. Join TNAC
The TNAC distributes information through the mail or by e-mail, and maintains a list of volunteers who can talk to people on the telephone. In time, we hope there will be a network of support groups across the country. It is a 100% volunteer organization.
The TNAC can help by facilitating open discussion between people with TN. Support group meetings are held in cities across Canada. These meetings are open to TN patients, their friends and family. If there is no support group near you we would be pleased to help you start one or we can connect you with someone to provide you with one to one telephone or email support.
TNAC also produces a newsletter four times a year with new information on TN and information of a general nature. This newsletter is mailed to our membership in February / May / August / November of each year. It is also posted on the newsletter page of this web site. If you would like to receive the newsletter please join TNAC and we would be pleased to mail you a copy!