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I have been diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia and was

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I have been diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia and was prescribed Tegretol, which I cannot take due to extreme side effects so after 4 days I quit taking it. Now I have a whooshing sound in my ears, dizziness and trouble with balance. I discovered that if I massaged an area in my neck at the base of my skull on the right, it helps. Problem is, although very tender, I have trouble finding the "right" spot.

Doctor's Assistant: How long have you been dealing with this issue? Are you experiencing any numbness or tingling?

Probably three months. At first I tried to ignore it but it got progressively worse. I've seen my family doctor and a neurologist. I had an MRI 3 weeks ago but haven't gotten the results. The whooshing, dizziness and balance issues started a couple of weeks ago. I didn't have those symptoms when I saw the neurologist.

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Neurologist: drphophalia, Other replied 9 months ago
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Neurologist: drphophalia, Other replied 9 months ago

The whooshing, dizziness and balance issues warrant the following tests;

1) audiometry,
2) vestibular tests.

The most commonly performed vestibular tests are as follows:

Electronystagmography (ENG)The rotating-chair test, also referred to as sinusoidal harmonic acceleration (SHA), Computerized dynamic posturography (CDP).
3) blood tests for autoimmune disorders,
4) computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

5) The saccadic test
6) The gaze test
7) Pursuit eye movements test
8) Optokinetic Nystagmus test
9) Head shake nystagmus test.
10) Positional nystagmus testing
11) Bithermal calorie test.
12) Rotating chair test.

13) An alternative to the rotating-chair test is the active head-rotation test,

14) Computerized dynamic posturography.

Commonly used medications for trigeminal neuralgia are;

1) amitriptyline (Elavil, Endep),

2) nortriptyline (Aventyl, Pamelor)

3) desipramine (Norpramin)

4) pregabalin (Lyrica)

5) phenytoin (Dilantin)

6) carbamazepine (Tegretol)

7) venlafaxine (Effexor)

8) duloxetine (Cymbalta).

Supplements and alternative integrative therapy protocols for pain relief are;

1) Evening primrose oil

2) Acetyl-l-carnitine

3) Alpha-lipoic acid

4) Benfotiamine (Milgamma), 100 mg, is a lipid-soluble vitamin B1 analogue

5) Vitamin E

6) Acupuncture

7) Yoga

8) Prolotherapy.

The helpful herbs for neuralgia are;

1) Willow bark
2)
Devil's Claw
3)
Feverfew
4)
St. John's wort
5) Valerian
6)
Boswellia
7)
Curcumin
8) Ginger extract.

Please feel free for your follow up questions.

I would be happy to assist you further, if you need any more information.

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I was hoping to get a second opinion here but not for $48.00 per month! Not your fault but I can't afford this.
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