The Suicide Disease : Trigeminal Neuralgia

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The Suicide Disease, otherwise known as Trigeminal Neuralgia, is a neuropathic disorder that does not often emerge until after the age of fifty. Due to the lack of a cure and the random and inescapable searing pains in parts of the face, many patients opt for suicide. Trigeminal Neuralgia is one of the most painful neuropathic disorders known today. It attacks the trigeminal nerve, consisting of the fifth cranial pair: a minor motor root and a major sensory root (Leclercq, 2015, p. 994). The pain that a patient experiences stems from complications within the branches of this specific pair of nerves (Zakrzewska, 2015, p.1).
Although there is a possible genetic cause linked to this disorder, very few people with Trigeminal Neuralgia have family members that develop the disorder as well. It is estimated that the correlation is roughly five percent, with the mean age of emergence being 51.2. (Kumar, 2013, p. 383). This neurological disorder is considered rather rare. Per 100,000 people, Trigeminal Neuralgia only affects roughly three to twenty-seven people in the United States (Missios, 2014, p. 751). Like most aspects of this disorder, the lines of heredity and prevalence are relatively blurry. Through a further exploration of the etiology, symptoms, and possible treatments of Trigeminal Neuralgia, researchers are getting closer to solving the unanswered questions of the Suicide Disease.
The most well-known cause of this disorder is neurovascular compression. The causes of…
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