What Is Anesthesia Dolorosa?

Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments

What Is Causing My Pain?

If you have had trauma to the head or prior corrective surgery for trigeminal neuralgia that has left you with constant pain and numbness in the face, you may be suffering from Anesthesia Dolorosa.

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Symptoms of Anesthesia Dolorosa

Patients with this condition will often have:

Constant pain in the face (or an area of the face)

Pain described as gnawing, burning, or aching

Numbness when touching the affected area

Pain that is unaffected by medicine or pain relievers

Causes of Anesthesia Dolorosa

The most common cause of this condition is a traumatic injury to nerves during surgical intervention for trigeminal neuralgia.

How Do I Get Diagnosed?

Dr. Alain de Lotbinière will perform a physical exam, review your medical history, and discuss your pain in detail. With over thirty years of expertise in diagnosing complex pain disorders, he will ensure you receive the right diagnosis and the expert guidance you need to take the next steps.

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What Are The Treatment Options?

Anesthesia Dolorosa is a difficult condition to treat and typically doesn’t respond to medication. Patients have gained relief and pain management through procedures such as:

  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Motor Cortex Stimulation
  • High Cervical Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Nucleus Caudalis DREZotomy

What Are My Next Steps?

If your medical history and pain align with the symptoms listed above, reach out to our office today. Dr. Alain de Lotbinière is a visionary neurosurgeon with the right skills and experience to help. Appointments are available in White Plains, New York and Stamford, Connecticut.