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What is Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia (GPN)?

Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia (GPN) is “chronic pain syndrome that causes intense, shooting pains in the back of the tongue and throat, tonsillar areas, and middle ear.”

The pain is due to malfunction of the glossopharyngeal nerve (CN IX), which moves the muscles of the throat and carries information from the throat, tonsils, and tongue to the brain.

Glossopharyngeal neuralgia, a rare disorder, usually begins after age 40 and occurs more often in men. Often, its cause is unknown. However, glossopharyngeal neuralgia sometimes results from an abnormally positioned artery that compresses the glossopharyngeal nerve near where it exits the brain stem. Rarely, the cause is a tumor in the brain or neck.


Be on the Lookout for an announcement!

Started by ModSupport in General. Last reply by Smiley 6 hours ago. 3 Replies

This site will be migrating soon. Be on the lookout for the announcement. There will be a change though. This community will be part of a new community (that also includes TN)called Living with Facial Pain Here is a part of the introduction to that…Continue

Driving after MVD

Started by MOF in General. Last reply by Christine on Wednesday. 3 Replies

Hi, all, just wondering (as it is looking more likely I will end up with an MVD - just awaiting an appointment with an ENT to make sure there isn't anything going on in the ear, given my long history), how long after MVD before people were driving?…Continue

Are the sites all wrong?

Started by MOF in General. Last reply by Nameless May 23. 51 Replies

Whenever I did research on this, all the reputable sites (I try to stick to valid ones) always say something like the attacks last a few seconds to a couple minutes. I may have had symptoms like that years ago, long before I had even heard of…Continue

Inhaling pain anyone?

Started by MOF in General. Last reply by Elivandersys May 22. 7 Replies

Years ago (not sure how many) I occasionally had this odd pain - sharp, like a bitter cold wind blowing on a raw, exposed nerve - when I inhaled. I once mentioned it to a doctor when I was there for something, and he basically shrugged. I ignored it…Continue

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Be on the Lookout for an announcement!

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Driving after MVD

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