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Table 6 Pain Control by Pain, Medication and Surgical History

From: Burden of illness of trigeminal neuralgia among patients managed in a specialist center in England

   Pain Medication Surgeryb
Item Overall Any attacks in the past 4 weeks No TN in the past 4 weeks Current monotherapy Current polytherapy Took but Stopped No surgery MVD only Ablative surgery MVD + Ablative surgery
Current Medication, n (%)
  N = 129 n = 59 n = 69 n = 49 n = 35 n = 45 N = 77 n = 30 n = 13 n = 8
Currently Taking Medicationa 84 (65) 51 (40) 32 (25) 49 (38) 35 (27) 0 59 (46) 10 (8) 9 (7) 6 (5)
Not currently taking medication to manage pain 45 (35) 8 (6) 37 (29) 0 0 45 (35) 18 (14) 20 (16) 4 (3) 2 (2)
Frequency Pattern of Pain experienced in past 6 monthsc; n (%)
N n = 53 n = 39 n = 14 n = 24 n = 18 n = 11 n = 41 n = 6 n = 4 n = 2
Daily 7 (13) 6 (15) 1 (7) 4 (17) 3 (17) NA 4 (10) 2 (33) NA 1 (50)
For days, then I have days or weeks free of TN 17 (32) 10 (26) 7 (50) 5 (21) 6 (33) 6 (55) 13 (32) 2 (33) 2 (50) 0
For weeks, then I have days or weeks free of TN 4 (8) 4 (10) 0 3 (13) 1 (6) NA 4 (10) 0 0 0
I have months completely free of TN 14 (26) 10 (26) 4 (29) 7 (29) 4 (22) 3 (27) 11 (27) 0 2 (50) 1 (50)
I have months free of TN attacks but with a dull ache in the background 11 (21) 9 (23) 2 (14) 5 (21) 4 (22) 2 (18) 9 (22) 2 (33) 0 0
  1. a1 missing
  2. b1 patient had peripheral cryotherapy before attending specialist center
  3. cOf patients who reported pain experience in past 6 months