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Tic Douloureux

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Call your doctor when the prescribed medications are not controlling the pain, or if you develop new symptoms. Because tic douloureux is a pain-only syndrome, the development of new symptoms may warrant additional evaluation.

Go to a hospital's emergency department if you experience symptoms such as fever , redness of your face, or dizziness  . These symptoms may not be related to your condition and may signify another illness. If your prescribed medication is not relieving the pain and your doctor is not available for advice, go to the hospital.

Self-Care at Home

There are no effective home treatment remedies for tic douloureux. Treatment should be guided by a physician. The role of the doctor is to ensure the diagnosis, begin appropriate therapy, and coordinate any potential need for consultants. In most cases, effective treatment will require only medications. Uncommonly, surgery will be recommended.

Follow-up

If you are diagnosed with tic douloureux, your doctor may refer you to a neurologist or neurosurgeon for management of the pain.

Some of the medications used to treat tic douloureux may affect your blood counts and liver function, so it is important to have these levels monitored by your doctor.

After surgery, watch for signs of infection such as redness, discharge, or fever.

Prevention

Tic douloureux cannot be prevented.

Outlook

Although pain from tic douloureux can go away without treatment for months to years, the disorder is usually progressive. Attacks can become more frequent over time. There are no long-term medical consequences of the disorder. Tic douloureux is purely a pain syndrome.

The pain of tic douloureux can almost always be controlled with either medication or surgery.

Most people with tic douloureux lead full, complete lives.

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