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Saving Faces: Nerve Disorders

Pain and suffering can be quelled with the well-deployed electrode of John Tew at the UC Medical Center and Mayfield Clinic.

Trigeminal neuralgia is a seizure-like disorder affecting the cranial nerve that supplies the feeling to the face. It’s been recognized for over 2,000 years. It’s known as the “suicide disease”—people kill themselves because they can’t get relief. It’s worse than misery; the French call it tic douloureux—“painful tic.” Your face frequently turns red [and it’s] characterized by spasms.