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Trigeminal Neuralgia


Yesheen (dr.) Singh Medical Doctor View profile

Dear F

Thank you for your question. The Elexoma Medic Machine purports to make use of Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation, which involves the application of electricity as pulses across the head of the recipient. The charge is quite low but there are several promising studies that have shown positive benefit in people dealing with depression, anxiety, stress, insomnia and substance dependancy disorders. There are also a few studies that show some benefit to people with chronic pain syndromes, such as trigeminal neuralgia, although these produced temporary alleviation of pain symptoms. The currents used here where in the range of 600 milli-amperes.

I have not used the Elexoma machine personally nor prescribed it and as such cannot offer an opinion on its effectiveness. I would however consider a trial run to evaluate the response of you body to the micro-current stimulation.

What I have found to be successful in the management of TN is acupuncture combined with the appropriate use of omega 3 oil and herbal supplements that support mitochondrial rehabilitation.

Many thanks and warm regards

Yesheen

Sean (dr.) Gomes Medical Doctor View profile

The most common medication normally used in treating Trigeminal Neuralgia are anticonvulsants such as Carbamazepine and Gabapentin. Doses of these drugs are often used to help diagnose the condition. They work by reducing teh excitability of the nerve and thereby reduce spontanous firing of the nerve which is associated with pain. Other medications that can be effective (especially when added to Carbamazepine), are antispasmodics. (Baclofen is an example of such a drug). Such drugs can help to reduce the dosages required of the anticonvulsants. There should be no harm in trying the recomendations of teh surgeon. If things do not settle or if they get worse I would sugest going back to hi or to your GP to ask about Carbamazepine. In some cases where these medicines are not effective or in breakthrough pain, pain relief medication such as morphine may be required. Complemantary treatments incude Acupuncture and Homeopathy. For more advice on homeopathic remedies please feel free to visit our Natural Medicine Dispensary at either of our stores. Kind regards. Dr Sean Gomes MD


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