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I am experiencing sharp pulling pains on the side of my face and head whenever i swallow? it feels like the nerves are pinching

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Dr. Saira Dar answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

You probably mean pain on the side of face when you chew instead of swallow. Nerves related to swallowing are different than chewing so it is probably chewing causing the pain. Dental infection, TMJ (temporomandibular joint pain) or nerve entrapment in that area can cause it. See a dentist.

Answered Jun 10, 2014

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Dr. Jeffrey Bassman answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Your symptoms may be a neurological ailment called trigeminal neuralgia. Not a very well understood problem and should see your doctor, who may then possibly refer to a neurologist. There can be a TMJ relation, but tn, associated with bell's palsy, can create symptoms that mimic tmj/tmd.

Answered Jun 10, 2014

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