Canadian Trigeminal Neuralgia Association

Canadian Trigeminal Neuralgia Association

Living With TN – You are not alone

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 regularily in each community.  There are no fees to attend although a donation at the meeting is always welcome.   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

Support Groups in Canada

Calgary, AB

Meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of each month in the Confederation Park Seniors Center. Contact Jan ( for details.

Regina, SK

Meetings are held monthly throughout the year at the Wascana Rehabilitation Center. Contact Faye ( for details.

Toronto, ON

Meetings are held the last Sunday of each month at the Thronhill Community Center. Contact Kathy ( for details

Niagara Falls, ON

Contact Brenda ( for meeting details.

St. Charles and East Sudbury, ON

Contact Sandra ( for details.

Saskatoon, SK

Meetings are held the second Saturday of every month Sept. through May at the Edwards Family Centre. Contact Gail ( for details.

White Rock, BC

Meetings are held the last Saturday of the month in South Surrey. Contact Charlee ( for details.

Steinbach, MB

Contact Patty ( for meeting details.


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, 3 Sunmills Green SE – #413, Calgary, AB, T2X 3N9.  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.