Trigeminal neuralgia a type of Migraine? Occurs in teens?

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    I was told that Trigeminal neuralgia is a type of migraine. My daughter has all the symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia, but the fact that she was only 16 when this started and there are no known cases of the illness in children, she could only be diagnosed with migraines. Is this true? Migraines run in my family, but no face pain; just headaches. Mary.

     

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    Dear Mary;

     

    No, trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is not a form of Migraine. Although some of the pain can occur in the same locations, they are very different disorders.

     

    The are many cases of TN that began in adolescence; I have at least five patients with such a history. It is also true that person can have both Migraines and TN at the same time.

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    John Claude Krusz

     

     

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Published On: June 15, 2011