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South Sound Gamma Knife hosts free chronic facial pain seminar May 3 in Tacoma

Posted by: South Sound Gamma Knife ● April 26, 2011

Tacoma, WA – South Sound Gamma Knife will host a free seminar for people living with chronic facial pain on Tuesday, May 3, from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Medical Center, 1717 South J St, in Tacoma.

The evening of education and discussion will include presentations by Neurosurgeon Peter Shin MD, MS, and Radiation Oncologist Randy Sorum, MD. They are co-directors of South Sound Gamma Knife and members of TNA-The Facial Pain Association.

Topics discussed at the May 3 health talk will include surgical and non-surgical treatment options for neuropathic facial pain, as well as current research. Those with neuropathic facial pain, including trigeminal neuralgia and other facial pain conditions, and their support persons, are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m.; the program will start at 6 p.m. Space is limited and reservations are required.  To register, call (888) 825-3227 toll-free or visit www.FHShealth.org/classes.

About Trigeminal Neuralgia

Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is a neurological disorder that causes sudden and agonizing, lightning-like attacks of pain, usually on one side of the face. These episodes of excruciating pain last from a few seconds to as long as two minutes. The presumed cause of TN is a blood vessel pressing on the trigeminal nerve in the head as it exits the brainstem. The condition may be part of the normal aging process, but in some cases it is associated with another disorder, such as multiple sclerosis, characterized by damage to the myelin sheath that covers certain nerves. An estimated one in 15,000 people suffers from trigeminal neuralgia, although the number may be significantly higher due to frequent misdiagnosis of the condition. More information is available online at www.endthepain.org.

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