Trigeminal Neuralgia Association

Trigeminal Neuralgia Association

TRIGEMINAL NEURALGIA is an extremely severe facial pain that tends to come and go unpredictably in sudden shock-like attacks. The pain is normally triggered, for example by light touch, and is described as stabbing, shooting, excruciating or burning. It usually lasts for a few seconds but there can be many bursts of pain in quick succession.


WE ARE Trigeminal Neuralgia Association UK (TNA UK). We provide information, support and encouragement to those who suffer this excruciatingly painful condition. Our aim is to raise awareness of TN within the medical community and the general public at large.


The trigeminal nerve is the fifth cranial nerve and its function is to send pain messages to the brain.  When the nerve malfunctions, pain messages are sent at inappropriate times and the pains can be of great severity.  In fact, TN is regarded as the most painful condition that is known in the medical world.

The pains are variously described as like a strong electric shock shooting through the face, or very intense sensations of stabbingand burning.  TN affects more women than men and pains are normally felt on one side of the face only, generally the right-hand side. The majority of people affected are over 50 years old although young adults, and very rarely children, may also develop the condition.

As can be seen in the diagram below, the trigeminal nerve has three branches (or divisions) on each side of the face:

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Illustration by TNA UK member, Ann Eastman


Contact Trigeminal Neuralgia Association

Postal Address:
Trigeminal Neuralgia Association UK
PO Box 234

Telephone: 01883 370 214

Out of necessity, this phone line is operated on a rota system manned by a team of trained volunteers, all of whom are also TN sufferers, from their home addresses.  Therefore, it may be necessary for you to leave a message on an answer machine but, if so, you will be called back at the earliest opportunity.

Please note that we may ask for some personal details for monitoring purposes only.

Please consider that our volunteers may be in full-time employment, so please refrain from calling before 9am in the morning as this may delay them from getting to their place of employment on time.  Likewise, late evening calls may also cause inconvenience.  Thank you.

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