October is Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Month!
One way you can honor this month is by signing TNnME: Intl Trigeminal Neuralgia and Me‘s petition for the World Health Organization (WHO) to add Trigeminal Neuralgia on their health topic list.
What is Trigeminal Neuralgia?
Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is a neurological condition that causes chronic pain Trigeminal Neuralgia in the trigeminal (5th) cranial nerve.
There are two types: the typical form, TN1, and the atypical form, TN2. TN1 causes an extreme, burning pain in the face that may continue on and off for two hours. TN2 is a constant burning and stabbing that may be less intense than TN1. A patient may suffer from both types.
Frequently, TN2 is a progression of TN1. TN typically affects women more than men, in people ages 50 and older, though it has been known to occur in younger people and even babies.
Please Sign Hassle-Free Petition
TNnMe drafted a letter to the WHO’s Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, asking for the WHO to add “Trigeminal Neuralgia” on their health topic list.
According to the letter:
- We need you to add Trigeminal Neuralgia to the “Health Topics” list.
- We need access to treatment and resources for everyone, no matter where they live.
- We need new medications and procedures to therapeutically target the Trigeminal Nerve.
- We need awareness amongst doctors for proper diagnosis.
- We need more Neurologists, Neurosurgeons, and Dentists specializing in the treatment of Facial Pain Disorders.
- We need an understanding of TN at governmental agencies to help obtain benefits for disability.
- We need WHO’s assistance in funding research for a cure for Trigeminal Neuralgia.
So please take a few seconds and sign the petition to help the organization’s chances of getting this rare disease more attention and awareness. After all, it is Trigeminal Neuralgia awareness month!