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Good afternoon, I was diagnosed with bulging/herniated discs C3-C7 several years ago and have been doing intensed physical therapy. I also had Gamma Knife in 2012 for a Meningioma next to the brain stem. About 6 months after the surgery I had my first lightening bolt of pain in my left cheek. Didn't happen again for quite awhile, but over the past year and a half it has rapidly progressed. My neurologist has indicated TN. I have researched this exhaustively. I've been prescribed Tegretol and have started ramping up the dosage as per my doctor. It does seem to dull the pain. However my question is can this (TN) be caused by neck issues? I have started tracking attacks and they are almost always seem to be the result of neck positioning including when I first wake up..and if my neck is in one position too long. I rarely if ever have pain when I'm movinting around. My neurologist isn't open to this idea but I'm wondering if anyone out there has this same connection? Is it possible that somewhere in my neck there is compression that can affect the nerve? I will be interested in hearing from any of you, and then perhaps can plot a new course of doctors.
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