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Are You Suffering With Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia?

Posted in Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia on Aug 03, 2018

A Patients Hypoglossal Neuralgia Recovery Story Following Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care

Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia, a cousin of trigeminal neuralgia, and occipital neuralgia is a severe pain condition that causes severe shocks of pain through the throat.  In its most severe form, it leaves patients contemplating suicide. Unfortunately, there is an only symptomatic treatment in the mainstream medical field which does NOT address the underlying cause.

In this article, we will discuss a little-known CAUSE of Glossopharyngeal neuralgia that can be corrected by specialist doctors known as upper cervical specialists. WE will also share a story of a patient who suffered from glossopharyngeal neuralgia for several years and found relief and healing through Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care in our Los Angeles office.

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 Dr. Hall has saved my life. I have been battling Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia (GPN - aka "the suicide disease") for the last two years. I was a professional singer and actor, but GPN took away my ability to perform. 

The pain in my throat had been constant, 24/7 burning that entire time. My flare-ups, which often came out of nowhere and happened incredibly frequently, made me bed-ridden a lot of the time because the pain was just so unbearable.

I had several surgeries, and nothing helped. If anything they made me worse. I got to the point where my doctors (neurologists included - and GPN is a nerve disorder) were all telling me it was something I was going to have to live with forever and kept putting me on various medications, many of which I have been on for several years (and am now able to wean away from), many of which also caused such terrible side effects they weren't even worth trying for too long.

Dr. Hall is the first doctor during my journey to recovery that has been genuinely optimistic that I will get better. And sure enough, after my very first adjustment, it was like night and day!!! I am tearing up even writing this because GPN took so much away from me - my career, my social life, my ability to exercise (caused flare-ups), and so much more that I found myself battling depression on top of the most unbearable chronic pain imaginable.

 Since I started treatment with Dr. Hall, my pain level has decreased exponentially to the point where for the first time in two years I've actually had some completely pain free days!!

And on the whole, I live at around a pain level 1 or 2 for now when it used to average at about at 7 (and that's on GPN scale with a pretty high tolerance). Also, for the first time in two years... I SANG.

I sang without pain - softly, and just for myself for now, but before Dr. Hall, all my other doctors told me it was unlikely that I would ever sing again. He has also made it clear that he is confident that I will be pain-free on the whole sooner rather than later. I believe him because after just three months I am almost completely back to my normal self!!

Dr. Hall has truly given me my life back and I will be eternally grateful. Finding Upper Cervical Chiropractic was the best thing that has ever happened to me because I am finally breaking free of the chains my pain which had been weighing me down. I could not possibly recommend Dr. Hall highly enough.

Everything he explained to me made sense. He has been patient, optimistic, thorough in his exams, and he actually listens and genuinely cares. I know I'm not out of the woods yet, but I cannot explain how elated it makes me to finally have a light at the end of the tunnel - and very close too. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU DR. HALL!! 

Chronic Fatigue Symptom

A Commonly Overlooked Cause of Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia?

An Injury to The Head or Neck Can Result in a  Spinal Misalignment of One of The Upper Two Neck Bones!

Considering the relationship between your head and the upper two neck bones.  A misalignment in the upper neck can cause an imbalance of the head on the spine not only puts stress and pressure on the nerves that go to the head, neck, and face, it also creates a global problem in the spine below, causing the spine to twist bend and compensate. Given time the result is frequently the development of neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain, headaches, etc.

Let's think back for a moment, as far back as 10-15-20 years.

  • Have you ever been in a car accident?
  • Have you had any slips or falls?
  • Have you had any work injuries?
  • Have you had any sports injuries?
  • Have you ever experienced any trauma (minor or major)?

If the answer is YES to any one of these then your current condition may in fact be due to a previous injury to the head or neck that resulted in a misalignment of one of the upper two neck bones.

Vestibular Neuronitis

What is Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care in Los Angeles?

We have found that most patients who have chronic health problems have pre-existing whiplash type trauma that precedes their onset of health problems. Many times the injury was many years prior and the person does not connect the event to their health problems.   

The American public knows little about the harmful effects neck injury can have on their health. Traumas like car accidents, sports injuries, and other jolting trauma can cause the upper cervical spine to structurally misalign.  

The head-neck relationship is a precarious one. The head weighs 10-12 pounds and the top bone in the neck the atlas weighs 2 ounces. Furthermore, the headrests on the top of a "stick" your neck.  This relationship makes it susceptible to injury. 

When the neck and head sustain jolting movements micro-tears to the soft tissue and joint capsules (ligaments that support joints) occur.  This causes instability in the joint and what results are muscle spasms and structural adaptation that causes irritation to the nervous system.


Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractors take precise spinal imaging in the form of digital x-rays or cone beam computerized tomography (CBCT) to find the exact direction and magnitude of spinal misalignment. Once these factors are determined a precise spinal correction is made with no twisting, popping, or pulling to reposition the segment. 

The goal of the care is to keep your upper cervical spine clear of the brainstem and associated spinal nerves, so your body can heal itself. Many times, occipital neuralgia, trigeminal neuralgia and hypoglossal neuralgia either markedly improve or disappear altogether.

If you are outside of the Los Angeles area, please do not hesitate in calling our office and we will find you someone in your local.