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Face Pain Bookmarks 

R.A. "Red" Lawhern, Ph.D.  

Content Undergoing Update in June 2010

This bookmark file has been compiled during a period of almost 15 years of personal part-time research on behalf of face pain patients, their families, and medical professionals who treat chronic face pain.  Some of the links have been sent along by others working in the field, and some I have found on my own.  I  try to update the list every few months, but sometimes fail in my diligence for simple lack of time.  

Please understand that this is not an exhaustive list, or even necessarily the "best" list, though I do my best to cull out any obvious stinkers.  These are starting points that might possibly shorten your learning curve.  And make no mistake -- if you hope to be treated effectively, you or someone who is routinely close to you and in a position to lend support, simply must engage actively in research that allows you to climb that learning curve on your own behalf.  You must learn about this field of knowledge more intimately than many doctors are able to or  regrettably and in some few cases) inclined to.  And you must develop a tolerance for uncertainty, because there is still a lot of that commodity circulating at the most fundamental levels of research on pain.  There is a great deal yet to learn, and frequently there is reason for reservations concerning much of what the medical profession thinks it "knows" on the subject. 

Searchable Databases

Possibly the most valuable resources you can use on your own behalf are those we call "living documents" or more appropriately "living data stores".  Such resources are constantly growing, adding new links or dropping outdated links.  These are places you should return to periodically to see what's been added.  A few may require that you "join" or "register" but the basic services of all of them are free.  These have been stacked in alphabetical order, not precedence. 

About.Com -Health & Fitness - Your Comprehensive Medical Search Engine
Best Hospitals  - U.S. News and World Report
British Medical Journal: [Search Window upper right]
InteliHealth Search - MS
PubMed Entry Port
PubMed Search - Author Format
Medscape Neurology Home Page
NHS Health Information Resources - formerly National Electronic Library for Health - UK
Neurogate -- Gateway to Medical Research - Very large compilatoin of medical research sites
Neurology Linx -- News in Neurology for Doctors from Current Medical Journals

Chronic Pain Resources

Many professionals and some deeply knowledgeable amateurs write widely on the World Wide Web, or in source articles referenced on the Web.  The following are articles and other resources I've found over time, and believe to be informative, thoughtful, and balanced in their treatment of pain issues.   Some are collections of filtered resources. 

Chronic Illness Forum powered by CompuServe. 
Doctors' Guide Global Edition
Dr. Peter J. Jannetta -- WPAHS
Face Pain Overview - By Richard A. Lawhern
Find A Doctor - Neurology or Other   Identifies several "find a doctor" searchable resource sites., an online Healthcare Information Portal -- 
    Directory and guide to reliable Information on the Internet for healthcare professionals
[Search on Trigeminal Neuralgia]  Chronic Pain
NIH Pain Consortium
National Institutes for Neurological Disorder and Stroke (NINDS) Trigeminal Neuralgia Information
Other Headaches and Facial Pains, Chapter Outline, B.Todd Troost, M.D.
Pain Links - University of Washington
Pain Medicine & Palliative Care [Beth Israel Medical Center] -- Peer reviewed resources for chronic back pain

TN Treatment - Surgery

Clarian Health - Indiana Lions Gamma Knife Center - Trigeminal Neuralgia
Conference Report - Highlights from the AANS 2010 [Free Login Required]
Functional radiosurgery and trigeminal neurelgia: Results, Expectations
Programs of Excellence - Allegheny General Hospital
Skull Base Institute - Surgical Programs and Information

The following information was last updated June 2005.  Please bear with me as I continue working through it

TN Research Articles

Articles in Press
BJA -- Nurmikko and Eldridge 87 (1): 117
Cranial Nerve Disorders References at Pitt U
Cranial Nerves
Cranial Nerve V - Trigeminal Nerve
Cranial Nerve IX - The Glossopharyngeal
Depression in Medical Illness
Fibromyalgia vs Depression
Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia is similar to Trigeminal Neuralgia but is much less common
Hospital Practice: Neuropathic Pain
Introduction to Advances in the Neurosurgical Treatment of Intractable Pain
MDExpress: Medical research and news portal created by doctors
Neurology Treatment Updates - Migraine, Cluster, Trigeminal Neuralgia, and Mood Disorders
THE MERCK MANUAL, Sec. 14, Neurologic Disorders
THE MERCK MANUAL, Sec. 14, Ch. 167, Pain
McGill Pain Questionnaire
Oral Health Journal, May 2001
Pain beyond words: Psychologists struggle to apply the right label to our often indescribable hurt
Painful Neuralgia Is Still Not Widely Understood
Patients Warned of Dangers of Chinese Medicine (BMJ)
Ramsay Hunt Syndrome from Neurology / Neurological Infections
Treating Neurologic Pain - Abstract
Trigeminal Neuralgia Clinical Resources
Trigeminal Neuralgia: New Treatment Options for a Well-known Cause of Facial Pain
News - Episodic Cluster Headaches May Be Curbed By Civamide

TN Treatment - Drugs

The first group of resources is searchable and specialized to prescription drugs.  The second group, below the line, are specific to particular drug treatments and issues. 

Drug Guides -- On Line List
DrugScope - Home
Search DRUGS - Medscape
Search Sites for Specific Drug Details - Directory
Magellan Health: Drugs
RxList - The Internet Drug Index -, Inc.
Search DRUGS
Welcome to RxMed

Adjunctive Agents in the Management of Chronic Pain
An Improving Outlook For Patients With Postherpetic Neuralgia
Chronic Pain: Treatment Barriers and Strategies for Clinical Practice
Cluster Headache Patients in Community Experience Long Delay Before Diagnosis
Complimentary Medicine - Vickers 321 (7262): 683
MEDLINE Abstracts - Treatment of Neuropathic Pain Using Topical Agents
Neurontin (Gabapentin) For Intractable Pain In Multiple Sclerosis
Neurology Treatment Updates - Migraine, Cluster, Trigeminal Neuralgia, and Mood Disorders
News - Episodic Cluster Headaches May Be Curbed By Civamide
Pharmacologic Management of Acute and Chronic Pain
Synergy : Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain 41 (4), 369-376
Tough-to-Treat Myofascial Pain Responds to Botulinium Toxin Type A
Treatment of Chronic Pain With Antiepileptic Drugs: A New Era
Treatment of Cluster Headache and Chronic Paroxysmal Hemicrania
Treatment of Herpes Zoster And Postherpetic Neuralgia
Use of Opioids to Treat Chronic Nonmalignant Pain Varies Widely [British Medical Journal] Johnson and Dworkin 326 (7392): 748

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