Recognizing Common Trigeminal Neuralgia Symptoms
Trigeminal neuralgia is a condition that causes chronic pain associated with the trigeminal nerve, which carries sensory information from the face to the brain. In patients with trigeminal neuralgia, this nerve gets triggered and causes the patient short bouts of severe pain.
Trigeminal neuralgia is most commonly recognized through these sporadic pain episodes; however, other less recognizable trigeminal neuralgia symptoms may also manifest in some patients. Furthermore, the two different kinds of trigeminal neuralgia have slightly different sets of symptoms, so it is important to be mindful of the variety of symptoms. If you experience any of the following symptoms, consider talking to your doctor about trigeminal neuralgia or other possible chronic nerve conditions:
Trigeminal Neuralgia Symptoms
- Bouts of severe, shooting pain in the face, jaw, or side of the head
- Sporadic electric-shock sensations in one side of the face
- Spontaneous pain triggered by touches, which can occur while brushing teeth, speaking, or chewing
- Bouts of pain lasting several seconds to several minutes, with episodes recurring over weeks and/or months
- Constant burn or ache in the jaw area, similar to a toothache, that precedes more severe spasms of pain
- Pain that affects a small area of the head, but occasionally spreads to the surrounding jaw, cheek, or forehead on one side of the face
- Pain episodes escalating in frequency or intensity
What a Doctor can Do
If you experience more than one of these symptoms, talk to your doctor. Additionally, if the pain you’re experiencing is not relieved by over-the-counter painkillers, or is manifesting as particularly prolonged or severe pain, the condition should be looked at by a medical professional. In some cases, trigeminal neuralgia pain is mistaken for a tooth abscess, so be sure to rule out TN before seeking dental work.
If your doctor does diagnose you with trigeminal neuralgia, he or she might recommend several treatment options, including anticonvulsant medicines, tricyclic antidepressants for pain, or even surgery.
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