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Is left index finger pain a sign of atypical trigeminal neuralgia on the left side of face?

Is left index finger pain a sign of atypical trigeminal neuralgia on the left side of face?

Not at all: The finger pain is fully independent of your trigeminal issues, and represents an additional co-morbidity. A hand specialist can more fully evaluate. ...Read more

Dr. Paul Grin
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Trigeminal Neuralgia (Definition)

Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is a condition that causes repeated (recurring) severe pains in parts of your face. It usually affects people aged over 50. Treatment with a medicine called carbamazepine usually works well to stop the pains. Surgery is an option if medication does not work, or if side-effects from the medicine are ...Read more


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Can trigeminal neuralgia be cured by naturopathy? Or by doing acupressure on ones index finger?

Can trigeminal neuralgia be cured by naturopathy? Or by doing acupressure on ones index finger?

No: Please read http://www. Quackwatch. Com/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/Naturopathy/naturopathy. Html. I am not trying to discredit the other docs' answers. I am trying to encourage you not to allow yourself to be hoodwinked by uncritically accepting just any unfounded claim that appeals to you. Think critically. The facts are what they are, not what you want them to be. ...Read more

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Do you have to have stabbing electric shock pain on the face to have ATYPICAL TRIGEMINAL NEURALGIA? My face burns on the left side but not stabbing!

Do you have to have stabbing electric shock pain on the face to have ATYPICAL TRIGEMINAL NEURALGIA? My face burns on the left side but not stabbing!

No: Any feeling or numbness along the nerve area is trigeminal neuropathy. You need to see a doctor for better history and detailed exam to come up with a treatment plan to help resolve this discomfort and stop it from worsening. I hope you feel well soon. ...Read more

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Is it possible for my mom to have passed her trigeminal neuralgia to me? I have MS and have been having some twinges in the left side of my face.

Is it possible for my mom to have passed her trigeminal neuralgia to me? I have MS and have been having some twinges in the left side of my face.

MS may cause Tic: Trigeminal neuralgia (tic douloureux) may be caused by multiple sclerosis. The pain can be very mild or quite pronounced. If trigeminal neuralgia is caused by ms, an MRI scan can sometimes identify a plaque in the sensory pathway of the trigeminal system. Medications may provide relief. If meds are not controlling the pain, a balloon microcompression of the trigeminal ganglion may help for 2-3 yrs. ...Read more

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I have trigeminal neuralgia. I suffered 7-10 moderate hits to the side of my face near my temples and left side of my scull. Is a catscan needed asap?

I have trigeminal neuralgia. I suffered 7-10 moderate hits to the side of my face near my temples and left side of my scull. Is a catscan needed asap?

No: Typically an MRI is done during the initial workup of trigeminal neuralgia (tn). A cat scan probably wouldn't be sensitive enough to pick up any of the structural problems that can cause tn. Speak with your doctor about obtaining and mri. ...Read more

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Can trigeminal neuralgia happen on both sides of the face? Or switch from right to left? Getiing progressively worse. Low grade fever. Lost 90lbs in6mo

Can trigeminal neuralgia happen on both sides of the face? Or switch from right to left? Getiing progressively worse. Low grade fever. Lost 90lbs in6mo

Unlikely: The pain of idiopathic Trigeminal Neuralgia occurs unilaterally in the distribution of one or more divisions of the trigeminal nerve. TN rarely occurs bilaterally; when it does, it is usually secondary to multiple sclerosis. TN never crosses the midline but on rare occasions, may switch to the opposite side in different attack periods. See orofacial pain specialist for proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have trigeminal neuralgia & I have been having intense pain on the left side of my face in forehead/ nose/eye area when I chew. Is it the neuralgia?

I have trigeminal neuralgia & I have been having intense pain on the left side of my face in forehead/ nose/eye area when I chew. Is it the neuralgia?

Most likely it is: All the signs and symptoms fit in.
I suggest you talk to your neurologist, there are effective medications and some surgical procedures that can give you great relief from this terrible condition. Good luck. ...Read more

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What type of doctor treats trigeminal neuralgia? Pain on right side of my tongue and awhile back right side of face.

A Medical Doctor: Pain from trigeminal neuralgia can result from more than one source. You need to find a physician who is very familiar with this disorder. Evaluation and treatment may require several different approaches before arriving at a satisfactory solution. I would suggest beginning with a neurologist. ...Read more

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Can eye twitching be related to Trigeminal Neuralgia? I have TN but I'm noticing more twitching than ever on one side of my face, not just pain.

Can eye twitching be related to Trigeminal Neuralgia? I have TN but I'm noticing more twitching than ever on one side of my face, not just pain.

Complex: You are young to have trigeminal neuralgia, but you describe "twitching" which could be myokymia. If involves most of face, it would be facial myokymia, and you need imaging of your brainstem area. This is NOT a usual association unless you have an inflammatory brain disorder, or focal problems in base of brain. A neurological evaluation is needed. ...Read more

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I've had tingling and pain in my face for the last week! I thought it might be trigeminal neuralgia but it's on both sides, not just one! What to do?

I've had tingling and pain in my face for the last week! I thought it might be trigeminal neuralgia but it's on both sides, not just one! What to do?

See a neurologist: Trigeminal neuralgia rarely occurs bilaterally; when it does, it is usually secondary to multiple sclerosis. Trigeminal neuralgia tends to occur between after age 40.
See orofacial pain specialist for evaluation and management. You also may see a neurologist ...Read more

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I have pain in the right side of my face. Doctor thinks Trigeminal neuralgia. Lately having tingling sensation around kidney area. Neuropathy?

I have pain in the right side of my face. Doctor thinks Trigeminal neuralgia. Lately having tingling sensation around kidney area. Neuropathy?

Responses: There can be many causes of facial pain but trigeminal neuralgia involves sudden multiple severe immobilizing attacks of a few seconds over the same facial area. Other causes to be considered include jaw, dentition, sinuses. Perhaps a dentist needs to be seen. Would a Concierge visit help? ...Read more

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Can trigeminal neuralgia early symptoms be mild achy feeling in cheek on both sides of face, weird sensations all over face and no sharp pain?

Not likely: Doesn't sound at al like trigeminal neuralgia. TN is unilateral, and the pain character is different than your describe.
See your MD or an orofacial pain doc for assessment. ...Read more

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Pain started in ear now hurts in ear, jaw, teeth, neck, cheek, head on one side. Hurts same side when swallow. Trigeminal neuralgia? Possibilities?

Pain started in ear now hurts in ear, jaw, teeth, neck, cheek, head on one side. Hurts same side when swallow. Trigeminal neuralgia? Possibilities?

Trigeminal anatomy: True trigeminal neuralgia is a sudden intense pain over a portion of the face lasting a few seconds at most, and likely immobilizing the victim. Your description suggests a different process, perhaps a TMJ, or dental issue such as an abscessed tooth. Start with your dentist first, and see if you can find answers. ...Read more

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What can be applied topically to face to help with trigeminal neuralgia pain. I am already taking topomax. I heard lidocaine cream helps?

What can be applied topically to face to help with trigeminal neuralgia pain. I am already taking topomax. I heard lidocaine cream helps?

Capsaicin: Lidocaine cream applied to the area of pain could provide relief as could capsaicin cream- but be careful, it could burn a bit. ...Read more

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Why won't doctor give me pain killers to have on hand for flare ups from trigeminal neuralgia gabapentin isn't enough!

My thots: Cannot answer your question regarding your doctor as you need to ask directly. However, I would wonder why you have "trigeminal neuralgia" as there is always a cause. Is it due to a neuroma, a compressive issue, or even multiple sclerosis? Many meds might work, including oxcarbezine, baclofen, lyrica, (pregabalin) etc. There is a simple needle/balloon procedure that some neurosurgeons employ.? 2nd opinion? ...Read more

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Can any exercises that cause stress on the neck area trigger trigeminal neuralgia, or any positions that causes blood to rush to head?

Can any exercises that cause stress on the neck area trigger trigeminal neuralgia, or any positions that causes blood to rush to head?

Not believed so: TN is not believed to occur as the result of exercises placing stress on the neck nor positions which cause blood to "rush to the head." Some causes are DIRECT COMPRESSION of the nerve itself by a tumor, aneurysm, AVM, or blood vessel nicking the nerve. Surgeries, strokes, or MS can also cause damage to the myelin covering of the nerve causing pain. Need More info? Www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi ...Read more

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In trigeminal neuralgia, is the pain throbbing/stabbing on the face, or more like constant tension on the cheek, behind the ear and jawline?

In trigeminal neuralgia, is the pain throbbing/stabbing on the face, or more like constant tension on the cheek, behind the ear and jawline?

Paroxysmal in face: Typical trigeminal neuralgia pain is characterized by paroxysmal or sudden brief attacks of pain: throbbing, stabbing or electric confined to the face. Pain may be triggered by touch. Not behind the ear or constant tension. ...Read more

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How can I recognize a trigeminal neuralgia from a cluster headache? I have pain only in the right part of the head, over the eye and behind.

Very different: Both are nasty. The cluster headache awakens at night may last 30-60 minutes, be associated with unilateral eye reddening and tearing and nasal discharge. The neuralgia can occur many times daily is pain over face which is intense and immobilizing, duration 5-10 sec., and may occur several times daily. Have your doctor select a medicaiton to reverse this. ...Read more

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I had someone tell me my symptoms sounds like trigeminal neuralgia. Tremors. Wouldn't a CT head scan show it? I had one done July 5th & it was clear

I had someone tell me my symptoms sounds like trigeminal neuralgia. Tremors. Wouldn't a CT head scan show it? I had one done July 5th & it was clear

See a neurologist: The most common form of paroxysmal orofacial pain is trigeminal neuralgia. Typically, a pain attack is accompanied by tic-like cramps or involuntary spasms of the facial muscles. Neurological examination and imaging (CT. MRI) are essentially normal. See a neurologist or orofacial pain specialist for final diagnosis. ...Read more

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Pain, numbness in face, Neurologist says after tests, cause is stress. He referred me to ENT, he says I have Trigeminal neuralgia. Who do I believe?

Pain, numbness in face, Neurologist says after tests, cause is stress. He referred me to ENT, he says I have Trigeminal neuralgia. Who do I believe?

See Orofacial Pain: Practitioner for a second opinion. They are the experts in facial pain and numbness. In many cases, seeking a second opinion is not only warranted, but necessary. Unless your disease is life threatening and requires emergency care, it is never a bad idea to seek a second opinion. Getting a second opinion helps you feel more confident about your diagnosis and treatment plan. ...Read more

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I have trigeminal neuralgia, had shingles recently, and now experiencing hand tremors in my right hand - I'm a 44 year old female. The only person I am aware of with Parkinson's is a cousin of my mothers. (Not sure how to describe relation to me). The h

I have trigeminal neuralgia, had shingles recently, and now experiencing hand tremors in my right hand - I'm a 44 year old female. The only person I am aware of with Parkinson's is a cousin of my mothers. (Not sure how to describe relation to me). The h

Hand tremor: May have nothing to do with trigeminal neuralgia, shingle or Parkinson's disease. (There are many causes for a hand tremor) The best approach to sorting this all out is to consult with a /your neurologist. Hopefully the medication you are taking for the shingles and the trigeminal neuralgia are not contributing to or causing your tremor. If you have a specific question we can gladly address this ...Read more

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Would getting my chipped wisdom tooth pulled help with my trigeminal neuralgia? I have two, one is on the side that is where my TN is (upper left)

TGN: What you describe is very unlikely to be a trigger for Trigeminal Neuralgia. You should see a Neurologist for advice and treatment for your TGN and a dentist for all your dental needs, especially that you already know that you have a chipped tooth. You might be getting pain from one or more of your teeth that is causing pain and unrelated to your TGN. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
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Neuralgia (Definition)

Can also be described as neuropathic pain or "nerve pain" which can occur anywhere in the body. It can also be due to many disorders such as direct nerve damage, diabetes, ...Read more


Dr. Bradford Patt
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Nerve Pain (Definition)

Neuralgia is a sharp, shocking pain that follows the path of a nerve and is due to irritation or ...Read more