Facial Pain Support Group Offered

Neurological Surgery, P.C. (NSPC) today announced that they hosting a free monthly support group for people with trigeminal neuralgia and other types of facial pain.  The group, which is affiliated with TNA - The Facial Pain Association, is held the third Tuesday of each month, 6-8 p.m., at Neurological Surgery, P.C.’s offices, 1991 Marcus Avenue (Granite Building), Suite 108, Lake Success, New York.  The next meeting will be held the evening of December 17.

The group is led by social worker Madeline Brisman, L.M.S.W., and each session features a guest speaker.  Spouses, significant others, family and friends are welcome to attend.  RSVPs are required:  Jasmin Alyeshmerni, (516) 413-4553 or jalyeshmerni@nspc.com.

“Facial pain can be devastating, and those affected need somewhere to turn to get support, advice and information,” says NSPC CEO Michael H. Brisman, M.D., F.A.C.S. “We are happy to offer these free groups to anyone affected.”

New members of the group are welcome.  The group provides the opportunity to meet other people with trigeminal neuralgia and other types of facial pain, and to share feelings, concerns, experiences and positive ways to cope.

NSPC has a Trigeminal Neuralgia Center, which is one of the busiest and most experienced practices of its kind in New York.  The Center features three neurosurgeons -- Dr. Brisman, Jeffrey A. Brown, M.D., F.A.C.S. and Alan Mechanic, M.D., F.A.C.S. -- who have special expertise and extensive experience in treating trigeminal neuralgia and other types of facial pain.  They have successfully treated thousands of patients with these conditions.

Often described as “the worst pain known to medical practice,” trigeminal neuralgia generally results from a blood vessel pressing on a nerve in the head (the trigeminal nerve).  It primarily affects people over 50 (more women than men), and is frequently misdiagnosed, with patients often going to multiple specialists before the condition is found. Trigeminal nerve-related conditions are diagnosed in more than 15,000 Americans each year.  Thousands of others are misdiagnosed or receive ineffective treatment despite having gone to multiple specialists seeking a cure.  Trigeminal neuralgia can sometimes be caused by multiple sclerosis.

While medication is generally given as first line treatment, many also undergo surgical or radiosurgical procedures, which are very effective at relieving their pain. 


About TNA- The Facial Pain Association

TNA – The Facial Pain Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit voluntary health organization, serving patients worldwide who suffer from neuropathic face pain, including trigeminal neuralgia (TN), their families, and the physicians, dentists and healthcare providers who treat them. TNA provides one-on-one patient support through its toll free telephone lines and its website and helps maintain over 50 local support groups throughout the USA, Canada, Europe and Australia.

About Neurological Surgery, P.C.

Neurological Surgery, P.C. is one of the New York City area’s premier neurosurgical groups, offering patients the most advanced treatments of brain and spine disorders.  These include minimally invasive procedures such as stereotactic radiosurgery (Gamma Knife®, CyberKnife® and Novalis Tx®), aneurysm coiling, neuro-endoscopy, spinal stimulators, carotid stents, interventional pain management, microdiscectomy, kyphoplasty, and other types of minimally invasive spine surgery.  The practice’s physicians represent a range of surgical and nonsurgical specialties, combining compassionate care with highly specialized training. They are leaders in the region’s medical community, with appointments as chiefs of neurosurgery in some of Long Island’s best hospitals.  NSPC offers 10 convenient locations in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, as well as in Queens and Manhattan.  For more information, call 1-800-775-7784 or visit www.NSPC.com.   


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