Facial Pain Awareness Month is a project of the Facial Pain Advocacy Alliance, the World's Only patient-led nonprofit for facial pain awareness, education, and support. Learn more at www.face-facts.org.

The Facial Pain Community, online and elsewhere, is comprised of many people with a wide range of diagnoses. The best known facial pain conditions are:

  • trigeminal neuralgia
  • geniculate neuralgia
  • glossopharyngeal neuralgia
  • anesthesia dolorosa/trigeminal deafferentation pain 

Throughout the month of October, people with the diagnoses above, their friends, and their families can promote awareness of the entire constellation of facial pain conditions, with special emphasis on whichever condition has changed their lives.

On this website, you will find the tips and resources you need to get your own Facial Pain Awareness Month off to a good start and on to raising awareness everywhere!


There will be plenty of opportunities for volunteering your energy or ideas, so check back often!

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The City Proclamation Awareness Project

Get your community involved!

Try this three-step plan to raise awareness where you live! 

  1. Call or email your Mayor and request an official proclamation.
  2. Provide the Mayor's office with these "whereas clauses," or write your own. Keep them simple and to the point.
  3. Sit back and wait for your proclamation to arrive in the mail.

If you have a city proclamation in your hand, local media will pay attention to you. Contact them after your receive yours, and ask them about running a human interest piece on facial pain!

Here is a short YouTube video to share with your family and friends. At under 5 minutes long, it explains a lot about facial pain without being too long and losing people's interest!

Awareness Matters!

Raising the public profile of a medical condition helps in many ways. 

  1. When people know about the different chronic facial pain conditions, they get diagnosed earlier which leads to earlier intervention and better outcomes.
  2. When more physicians are aware of the many chronic facial pain conditions, misdiagnosis can be reduced which also leads to better outcomes.
  3. When people are aware of what their friends and family with chronic facial pain endure, there is more understanding, compassion, and generosity shown to the facial pain community -
    a better outcome for all!