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The number five may be your unlucky number if you have Trigeminal Neuralgia . This type of neuropathy effects the fifth cranial nerve (CN V) called the Trigeminal Nerve. Those who have Trigeminal Neuralgia experience a wicked facial pain that may not respond to ordinary treatment used in other types of nerve pain. Trigeminal Neuralgia is a special type of nerve pain and thus needs special considerations in order to be tamed.
Originating from deep in the brain in an area called the pons, the Trigeminal Nerve (CN V ) supplies both motor and sensory function to the face and head. Any three of the sensory branches can be a source of pain. Neuralgia affecting the V1 branch is felt primarily in the forehead. V2 neuralgia is felt in the cheek and upper lip/jaw. And V3 neuralgia is felt in the lower jaw, mouth, and side of the head. As a rule, the attacks of pain are usually lancinating , unilateral and triggered by something like teeth clinching . Sometimes Trigeminal Neuralgia fo...
S o you were started on insulin two months ago, and have your next doctor's visit coming up soon. Starting insulin was a major step in improving your health, and it's time now to get beyond simply knowing how to "shoot up" -- it's time to do even better!
Here are some thoughts to discuss at your next visit to your doctor, if you haven't already discussed them with your diabetes team:
* It's about time for another A1C lab test. A1C testing is typically done every three months, and if you've been on insulin for the past two months, it's quite likely that an A1C level done at the three-month mark will be lower than it was before you started on insulin.
* Whether you are on insulin by needle-and-syringe, or by insulin pen, discuss about the opposite option. There are pro's and con's for both ways to give insulin. And ask if using an insulin pump might be a good idea for your case.
* Has your weight increased? Typically, folks on insulin can easily gain weight (insulin allows e...
You’ve developed a strange little numbness and tingling in the fingers of your left hand. It doesn’t really hurt, but it’s just.... odd. Maybe the tingling goes away on its own and you don’t think about it again. Or maybe it sticks around and even starts to slowly grow so that now your forearm is numb, too. Do you call the doctor? For some tingling fingers.... There are many possible causes of numb fingers. Let’s assume that you didn’t just break your fingers; because if you had, you’d be in the emergency room seeking medical attention. The numbness could be caused by (but less frequently) frostbite, leprosy, or rare genetic disorders, such as Haim-Munk syndrome or hereditary neuropathy with liability to pressure palsies . Do you have diabetes? Pernicious anemia? Hypothyroidism? Peripheral vascular disease? Lupus? Raynaud’s syndrome? Guillaine-Barre syndrome? Cervi...
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