Hemifacial spasm results from vascular compression of the facial nerve (the seventh nerve). Trigeminal neuralgia results from vascular compression of the trigeminal nerve (the fifth nerve). Hemifacial spasm usually begins with intermittent twitching around the eye on one side of …
Blog author, Dr. Friedman, is a practicing Neurosurgeon and was the Chairman of the University of Florida Department of Neurosurgery for twenty years. His primary clinical interest is “curing facial pain.” He operates on 150 patients with a kind of facial pain medically known as Trigeminal Neuralgia each year and sees hundreds more in consultation.
His goal is to lead patients struggling with Trigeminal Neuralgia to the highest quality of life possible, through his blog posts and appointments. These posts include tips on living with facial pain, new research, facts, and Dr. Friedman’s personal experiences. It is his hope that this blog will lift the spirits of those experiencing Trigeminal Neuralgia and remind them that they are not alone.
This blog is from the perspective and experience of Dr. Friedman and is not in conjunction with any other source or organization.