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OKLAHOMA CITY - It's a rare disorder that causes shocking and stabbing pain in the face.

When Trigeminal Neuralgia strikes, patients are left in agony.

For some patients, the pain is constant but some get brief moments of relief throughout the day.

Trigeminal Neuralgia is rare.

In fact, only about 120,000 people in the United States have the condition.

It is caused when a blood vessel presses against the trigeminal nerve as it exits the brainstem and branches out to the jaw, cheeks, eyes and scalp.

Medications are commonly used to control pain, but some surgical treatments are also administered.

Oct. 7 is Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day, which is when supporters are encouraged to wear teal.