For people with trigeminal neuralgia (TN), everyday activities such as eating, talking or shaving can feel like torture—triggering jolts that feel like electric shocks, aching and/or burning in the face. Even being outside when it's windy can set off searing attacks of pain. Trigeminal neuralgia is a rare neurological condition that causes chronic and severe facial pain.
While an exact number is unknown, researchers estimate that between 10,000 to 15,000 new cases of TN are diagnosed every year. Not many physicians have experience diagnosing and treating the condition. Yale Medicine offers expertise in treatment of this and other rare neurological disorders.