Learn about getting a comprehensive orofacial pain evaluation and become an educated patient.
The FPA book, Facial Pain: A 21st Century Guide, is available for purchase in paperback or E-book format. Anne Ciemnecki, FPA Secretary and third-generation woman with trigeminal neuralgia, and Dr. Jeffrey Brown, New York neurosurgeon and FPA Medical Advisory Board Chair are the editors of this first edition.
The book is a compilation of FPA Quarterly Journal and other articles. The guide begins at the beginning, with diagnosis: how to prepare when seeking a diagnosis, choosing the right doctor for you, and understanding how a diagnosis is reached. The following sections cover how the pain can be treated medically and how you can be treated surgically, including microvascular decompression (MVD) surgery, balloon compression and radio frequency rhizotomies, CyberKnife treatment and motor cortex stimulation. There are also several articles on treating patients with special circumstances.
Recognizing the importance of the role of complementary and alternative treatments, the guide covers upper-cervical chiropractic care, medical marijuana, and Botox.
But we didn’t stop there- because for many, your journey with facial pain does not stop there. The guide offers a section on the psychology of facial pain and living well with facial pain. Although once thought that trigeminal neuropathic pain did not affect younger people, our robust Young Patients Committee is proof that it does, and the guide includes a section of articles specifically for people under age 40. For parents of the younger set, there are also several articles especially for you.
The guide concludes with a section looking into the future and the promises that medical research may hold.
Thirty world experts in the diagnosis, treatment and management of trigeminal neuropathic pain have contributed their expertise to cover the full breadth of knowledge in the field to this comprehensive book.
Thanks to the tremendous generosity of two FPA donors, we are now able to offer a free copy to anyone who is unable to pay for our book. Call the FPA office: 800-923-3608.
Dr. Derek Steinbacher, Director of Craniofacial Surgery, Yale Medicine, Chief of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery and Dentistry, FPA Medical Advisory Board member, reviews migraines, TMJ disorders, and dental pain.
Dr. Wolfgang Liedtke will discuss medical treatment of trigeminal neuropathic pain with Dr. Jeffrey Brown.
Wolfgang Liedtke, M.D. Ph.D. is Chair of Neurology, Global Development Scientific Council at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. Prior to that, he was Professor in the Departments of Neurology, Anesthesiology and Neurobiology; Attending Physician, Duke Neurology Clinics and Clinics for Innovative Pain Therapy, serving patients there for over 17 years.
Dr. Mark Linskey, Dr. Richard Zimmerman, and Megan Hamilton discuss what to look for in the decision making process when you are trying to find a doctor and treatment for facial pain.
Hossein Ansari, MD Director of Headache and Facial Pain Clinic at Kaizen Brain Center Facial pain can be due to a variety of medical conditions. The structure of the face […]
Jennifer M. Wagner, Executive Director of the Western Pain Society, explains the brain-body connection with an emphasis on pain response and provides a list of strategies for those affected by chronic pain.
Dr. Larry Arbeitman will answer: What is Upper Cervical Chiropractic? How does is differ from traditional Chiropractic methods? Learn about the connection between the Upper Cervical Spine and Facial Pain, research and case studies, what you can expect from UCC and how you can integrate it into your healthcare plan. You will also be able to ask Dr. Arbeitman your questions during this live presentation.
Complementary health approaches, also referred to as complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), integrative health therapies, and other terms, refers to a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, […]
Dr. Leesa Scott-Morrow will discuss anxiety in people with facial pain.This webinar will introduce the brain mechanisms that are involved in the experience of fear and anxiety, including discussion of […]
In this webinar, Dr. Jeffrey Brown, Chairman of the FPA Medical Advisory Board, talks about the top questions patients and their loved ones have regarding trigeminal neuralgia.
Can Hormones Affect Facial Pain? Some women experience a change in their facial pain at various points in their menstrual cycles, when taking or stopping hormonal methods of birth control, […]
Dr. Raymond Sekula, Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Director of the Cranial Nerve Disorders Program at UPMC, and FPA Medical Advisory Board member reviews the challenges that can complicate the care of people with neuropathic facial pain.
Dr. Jeffrey Brown, Chairman of the Facial Pain Association’s Medical Advisory Board, interviews Dr. Hossein Ansari on medical causes of neuropathic facial pain.
Neuropathic facial pain is diagnosed almost exclusively by the individual’s description of the symptoms. Dr. Kim Burchiel developed a list of questions to help doctors determine exactly which classification may describe a […]
What is hemifacial spasm (HFS)? Hemifacial spasm (HFS) is a condition characterized by painless twitching of the muscles on one side of the face. The contractions are involuntary and occur […]
Dr. Deborah Barrett offers a framework and tools to help people improve their quality of life, just as they are, while also reducing pain and suffering. Her work draws from empirically based cognitive and behavioral interventions, and she practices what she preaches every day.
Facial pain can be described in many words…but if you had to choose just one, what would it be? The YPC recently shared how we would describe TN in one word and how we plan to overcome TN.
Dr. Julie Pilitsis, Chair of the Department of Neuroscience & Experimental Therapeutics Professor of Neurosurgery Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics, Albany Medical Center and FPA Medical Advisory Board member presents an overview of trigeminal neuralgia and other neuropathic facial pains.
Jeffrey A. Brown, MD, FACS, FAANS First, some basic requirements: there are a lot, but that is the point, too. Doctors educated in the United States are granted their MD […]
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