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Welcome To TNAC – Trigeminal Neuralgia Association of Canada

Trigeminal Neuralgia is a debilitating disorder that results in episodes of intense, stabbing, electric-shock-like pain, usually on one side of the face. The pain is often triggered by simple things like touching the face lightly, brushing the teeth or applying make up. It is widely accepted that typical TN is caused by compression of the nerve when a blood vessel (either an artery or a vein) lies on the nerve pressing into it. Other causes of trigeminal neuralgia include Multiple Sclerosis, nerve damage from trauma and tumors, or demyelination of the nerve (wearing away of the protective covering of the nerve).

Trigeminal neuralgia is considered to be one of the most painful conditions you can experience. However, with the treatment options available today, people are not doomed to a life of pain. Doctors can help manage the pain for almost either medications or surgery…

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The Trigeminal Neuralgia Association of Canada


The Trigeminal Neuralgia Association of Canada is a non-profit association of individuals in Canada with an interest in Trigeminal Neuralgia and other diseases causing facial pain. The first Canadian group was established in Lethbridge in 2000 by Marion Guzik, a past TNAC President. Marion has TN herself and understands completely how living with this disease can be difficult and a challenge.

The Trigeminal Neuralgia Association of Canada (TNAC) is the only registered charity in Canada that focuses on supporting individuals’ who live with trigeminal neuralgia. TNAC’s mission is three fold: to offer support to individuals with TN through outreach and support groups; to support Canadian research into ways to better treat and manage TN; and to raise awareness of TN. We are a small group with large aims. We run support groups, individual support and counselling, newsletters and webinars and have introduced the fundraising program the Search for Solutions to support Canadian researchers working on Canadian and international projects to bring an end to the pain.

  • Our Mission

    People with this disorder can feel helpless and isolated. The Trigeminal Neuralgia Association of Canada has a mission to provide support ...

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  • Why a Support Group?

    People with this disorder can feel helpless and isolated. TNAC offers support groups across Canada.

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  • Latest News

    Edmonton TNAC support group interview on CTV on TN Awareness Day, October 7, 2014 Watch it here:

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