Trigeminal Neuralgia

This information is useful for children, adults, and older adults
A man with trigeminal neuralgia touching his jaw who is in pain.

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. 

Clinical Trials

New treatments for many conditions are tested in clinical trials, which ultimately bring lifesaving new drugs and devices to the patients who need them most. By participating in a clinical trial, you may get access to the most advanced treatments for your condition, and help determine their benefits for future patients.