Striking Back!: The Trigeminal Neuralgia and Face Pain Handbook

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Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) and related facial pain patients, including 15,000 to 50,000 individuals newly diagnosed each year, find themselves dealing with a condition often called the world's most painful human disease. Immediately they face the challenges of finding reliable information and figuring out which of many medications (mostly anticonvulsants), surgical procedures and alternative therapies are likely to eradicate or relieve their pain.

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Overview

Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) and related facial pain patients, including 15,000 to 50,000 individuals newly diagnosed each year, find themselves dealing with a condition often called the world's most painful human disease. Immediately they face the challenges of finding reliable information and figuring out which of many medications (mostly anticonvulsants), surgical procedures and alternative therapies are likely to eradicate or relieve their pain.

Striking Back! The Trigeminal Neuralgia and Face Pain Handbook is the world's most comprehensive, plain-English book on TN and related facial pain conditions.  It provides practical guidance for patients and their families, including illustrated descriptions of the disease and cues to obtaining an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

The bulk of literature about facial pain has been written by doctors for doctors, in language that isn't always easy for laymen to understand.  Most of the remaining information has been either brief overview articles or short pieces about specific issues, such as medicines or particular surgical treatments.  This 528-page paperback covers everything from the earliest symptoms of neuropathic face pain to the many treatments to research that is under way - all in easy-to- understand language.

The book also looks at the human side of the condition through real-life experiences of patients who provide firsthand accounts of the difficult journeys many go through to obtain pain relief.  It offers advice on coping with the pain day-to-day; tells what families can do to help; provides a helpful chapter on "tips from facial pain veterans" and includes a lengthy list of resources for further help.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780967239323
  • Publisher: TNA - The Facial Pain Association
  • Publication date: 2/23/2000
  • Pages: 508
  • Sales rank: 32,071
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.07 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2006

    UNDERSTANDING eliminates fear and BRINGS HOPE

    At age 41, I was struck down with TN. Eighteen months later brain surgery left me with numbness and difficult pain called Atypical Facial Pain. It is ten years later and the STRIKING BACK book is the greatest resource for UNDERSTANDING the TN problem, and all the resources to eliminate the pain and fear that comes with this rare disorder. This book, STIKING BACK, brought me so much HOPE that I gave copies to others who would call me asking questions and seeking understanding. Since the original book was published, the author(s) have updated the book with additional information. All TN and Atypical Facial Pain Patients, Families, and loved ones need a copy of this book. I have personally witnessed the relief of fear and the shift to hope when people have read this book. I highly recommend it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2005

    Helping to end the pain!

    This is a must read for anyone with facial pain and their famliy members. In a practical and common sense manner, the authors describe the nature of trigeminal neuralgia and related conditions and then offer an in depth look at treatment options. In addition to surgical and medical therapies, the world of complementary and alternative medicine is addressed. Thorough and articulate, this work will also interest medical and dental students, as well as practitioners. Until we have a cure, we have 'Striking Back!'

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2005

    New Layman's Book on World's Most Painful Disease

    This is an outstanding, understandable guide to resources. I first was diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia in 1990. Unfortunately, I could find nothing to read about it and there was no internet to turn to for help. Even my doctors were uncertain about its treatment. The pain was terrifying and I felt helpless. Luckily I found the appropriate treatment and today I am pain free. As President of the Trigeminal Neuralgia Association of over 32,000 patient supporters, I can assure those of you who have facial pain and have not found help or been successfully diagnosed, this book will help guide you to understanding your pain and finding treatment options. Years of research and up to date information are in this book in an easy to understand fashion. This is the finest layman¿s handbook produced by two leading experts. I have visited with thousands of trigeminal neuralgia and related facial pain patients who are seeking relief from their pain and can say without reservation that this book will provide you with reliable information and assist you in deciding which medications, surgical procedures, and alternative therapies are likely to eradicate or relieve your pain. This is the book that you will want to share with your family physician and your family members. This book was completed at the end of 2004 and is twice the size of the old edition. This is a totally new book filled with real life experiences, therapies and practical illustrations. Even nutritional therapies are included. I cannot say enough on behalf of this book and recommend highly.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2014

    I have lived with Trigeminal Neuralgia for almost 30 years.  Rig

    I have lived with Trigeminal Neuralgia for almost 30 years.  Right now I am in remission.  The disorder is so misunderstood by people.  When I have an attack, it is so nice to get out my Trigeminal Bible and know that I am not alone.  This is a real unpredictable and  life altering ailment.  Thank God for these authors.  They understand and make me realize once again, that I am not alone there are others out there who get it. If you or a loved one has this condition, you need to buy a copy of this book.  People need to feel that someone get them and understands what they are going through.  It is real and it is merciless. 

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  • Posted February 28, 2009

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    Very Useful

    I am from Mumbai, India. I am suffering from TN for last 15 years. Initially I went to my family physician and described my symtoms like pain in jawa, facial pain ets. He reffered me to a Destist who did a number of Root Canal Treatments and silver fillings etc. Even after spending a hefty sum in my dental treatment I was still in the pain with increased severity. Then I was reffered to a ENT specialist to rule out any problem in my throat or ears. He prescribed a list of medicines. But they were not at all helpful. Meanwhile I was suffering with very severe pain all along my both the cheeks, behind the eyes and under both the jaws. Sometimes pain would not allow me to sleep for the whole night. Finally I went to a Neurophysician who diagnosed me with TN. Till this moment I did not know what is TN. Recently I got the book Striking Back, I read it and I am now much wiser to deal with my pain. The book deals with all aspects of TN. It certainly raises hope in the patient. My only regret is that I did not have this book a few years ago. I highly recommend it to all TN patients and their dear ones.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2006

    What a Relief!

    I thought I was alone in my suffering, but after reading 'Striking Back' I was delighted to read about my disease and learn that there are thousands like me. Face pain is a mean infliction and I am so happy to know I am not aone.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2005

    The Patient's Resource for Facial Pain

    As a volunteer support group leader for the Trigeminal Neuralgia Association, I highly recommend this book to patients, family members, and doctors to understand chronic facial pain. The book is easy to understand and well organized with information about medications, surgical options, alternative therapies, pictures, and outcomes. As a reference guide, I keep the book readily available to answer questions for support group members. A great help for anyone with neurological pain.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2005

    The best money I ever spent!

    This was the best money I ever spent when suffering with atypical facial pain. I learned more from this book than from all of the health care providers combined. This handbook provided me with information in laymen's terms about the different types of facial pain, medication management, and surgical treatments available, as well as complementary and alternative treatments. If you, a family member, or a friend suffers from facial pain, this book is a tremendous resource.

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    Posted December 31, 2009

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