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Provided you have health insurance and have been dignosed.
1. Visit your family doctor for a referral to a neurosurgeon. A neurologist might work too, but it's best to skip the middle man if you can.
2. An MRI should be performed, with a focus on the trigeminal nerve. My recent MRI consisted of about 600 images.
3. The first visit with the neurosurgeon will consist of him/her going over the MRI with you, and discussing treatment options. Preferably Microvascular Decompression Surgery, which is the best bet to permanently get rid of TN. The procedure should be scheduled during this visit.
4. Have the procedure performed, and enjoy your pain and medication-free life.
This is fairly straightforward, but it can seem like a daunting challenge if you're in pain and unfamiliar with having surgery like I am.
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