Canadian Trigeminal Neuralgia Association

Trigeminal Neuralgia

Trigeminal Neuralgia is a facial nerve disorder that causes sudden and severe shock-like pains in the face. The disease affects approximately 1.5% of the population, mostly in people over the age of 55 although it can affect people of any age. TN can be caused by the irritation of a blood vessel lying in close proximity to the nerve root or by damage to the nerve caused by disease or trauma.   It is normally diagnosed with the patient’s history and confirmed with an MRI.

The disease is treated with medications and/or with surgical procedures. 

The Canadian Trigeminal Neuralgia Association (CaTNA) is an organization made up of volunteers who provide information and support to Canadians with this disorder.   We have have support groups in communities across Canada and are ready to help establish additional groups as needed.    If you would like help to establish a support group in your town, please contact

Support Group meetings are regularly in each community.  See a list here.  There are no fees to attend although a donation at the meeting is always welcome.  In addition there is a virtual support group open to everyone meeting monthly via zoom.   If you would like to attend a meeting and/or be on the list to receive email notice of upcoming events – please contact us at 

Read stories of others with TN     

CaTNA Membership

Membership in CaTNA is voluntary.   You do not need to be a member to attend support group meetings.  However if you wish to take out a membership to support this group, you are invited to do so.  Membership is $10 per year or $20 for 3 years.  You can use etransfer or send a check or money order to  CaTNA, 455 Rogers Court,  Saskatoon, SK, S7N 3W8 email:


Donations are welcome at all CaTNA events.  100% of money raised by local support groups stays in the community to support that group.  Sorry – income receipts are not available at this time.