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Dx. Atypical TN. Possibly shingles virus on the trigeminal nerve. If shingles why did ENT not prescribe an anti-viral med?

Dx. Atypical TN. Possibly shingles virus on the trigeminal nerve. If shingles why did ENT not prescribe an anti-viral med?

Possible Shingles: Only your Ear Nose Doctor can answer this question. "Possibly shingles" means the diagnosis was questionable. If testing was done and confirmed shingles the treatment was probably indicated. Give your doctor a call to clarify and answer your question. Good luck ...Read more

Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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Does migraine affect the trigeminal nerve?

Does migraine affect the trigeminal nerve?

Migraines: The function of the trigeminal nerve should remain normal in patients with migraines (good facial sensation and good masseter muscle strength). However, it is the trigeminal nerve the main neural structure implied in the mechanism of migraine. A cascade of neuro-inflammatory response on the trigeminal nerve is what ultimately mediates the pain in migraine sufferers. ...Read more

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Can Maxalt (rizatriptan) work on the Trigeminal Nerve?

Can Maxalt (rizatriptan) work on the Trigeminal Nerve?

For migraine...: ...there are theories that the trigeminal nerve is involved. Maxalt (rizatriptan) works to decrease and stop abnormal firing and release of certain chemicals that cause the migraine pain. For the more typical trigeminal disease, trigeminal neuralgia, Maxalt (rizatriptan) does not have any effect because the mechanism of pain is different. Good question! ...Read more

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Please describe ways to help ease trigeminal nerve pain?

Trigger?: Modify or decrease the trigger agent.

Trigeminal nerve pain usually has a trigger; such as when brushing the teeth, brushing the face lightly, or air blowing on the face.

Certain medications like Carbamazepine can assist in relieving the painful jolts.

Surgery- microvascular decompression can also help in refractory cases. ...Read more

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Could acupressure cause facial pain from the trigeminal nerve?

Could acupressure cause facial pain from the trigeminal nerve?

Possibly: It is possible if the nerve is irritated. You may need to go to the doctors to be evaluated to make sure you have normal nerve function. ...Read more

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Is there more than one class of medications to treat trigeminal nerve pain?

Yes: Yes. The anti-convulsant tegretol and the class of "spinal cord" muscle relaxants are first and second line treatment. ...Read more

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What would cause pinched facial or trigeminal nerve? Could ergonomics be a factor?

What would cause pinched facial or trigeminal nerve? Could ergonomics be a factor?

See neurologist: Trigeminal nerve or facial nerve neuralgia. Episodic neuropathic pain disorders are characterized by sudden volleys of intense, sharp stabbing pain of short duration that occur along the unilateral distribution of the involved nerve (Trigeminal or Facial). Ergonomics has no role in this complex neurologic disorder. ...Read more

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Can you compress trigeminal nerve in sleep after too much alcohol? Been 6 months...

Can you compress trigeminal nerve in sleep after too much alcohol? Been 6 months...

Doubtful: If you think you have a problem with your facial nerves, or issues with too much alcohol, you need to see your doctor and address both. I have never seen or heard of sleep caused trigeminal nerve disorder. ...Read more

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What diseases affect trigeminal nerve?

What diseases affect trigeminal nerve?

Numb face: May relate to Trigeminal nerve involvement, such as Neuropathy from excess alcohol, Diabetes, vitamin deficiency, electrolyte imbalance, MS, Trauma, Migraines, Shingles, Focal seizures, Hypothyroidism, Psychogenic, or Iatrogenic (unknown causes). ...Read more

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My wife suffers from trigeminal nerve Malk happened a year ago. It was happening for several days and then go away for several months. And now contin?

My wife suffers from trigeminal nerve Malk happened a year ago. It was happening for several days and then go away for several months. And now contin?

Trigeminal nerve: 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 ("tic douloureux"), and often leads to a complaint of muscle pain. See a neurologist for evaluation, tests, imaging and treatment. ...Read more

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Canthe trigeminal nerve cause sensationlike lpr? Trying to make senseof it alldoc thinks its the trigeminalnervergiving me theheadaches and acid reflux

Canthe trigeminal nerve cause sensationlike lpr? Trying to make senseof it alldoc thinks its the trigeminalnervergiving me theheadaches and acid reflux

Abbreviation "lpr? ": Sorry, I'm not understanding what you are trying to ask with the abbreviation "lpr." There are known relationships between the trigeminal nerve and certain forms of headaches. There are also ASSOCIATIONS between GERD and migraines, however, the mechansim of cause and effect remains under discussion. Medications used to treat GERD can cause severe headaches as well...consider that...All the best. ...Read more

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Headache everyday now for about 2 months Sometimes its really bad and other times its just thereAlways on theright sideAcid reflux or trigeminal nerve?

Time to see Dr: Odd differential choices, how about seasonal / allergies; stress; occupational exposures; sleep deprivation; medication effect; etc.? Should see your Dr / Urgent Care Dr / ER Dr for exam and management plan. ...Read more

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Will the trigeminal nerve ever heal if damaged?

Maybe: One others causes of trigeminal neuralgia occurs because the nerve was damaged and heals I appropriately causing the pain. It can repair itself to have no pain but usually takes time. ...Read more

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My wife suffers from pain in trigeminal nerve. Can you give me email to explain her case. Please help me.

Tough one: Trigeminal neuralgia (pain to the face from the 5th cranial nerve) is very difficult to treat, and is quite debilitating. See a neurologist, as they will know the correct and most effective treatments. I'm sorry she has this, but I hope seeing a neurologist will help! ...Read more

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My wife suffers from trigeminal nerve happened a year ago. It was happening for several days and then go away for several months. And now continue.

Trigeminal Neuralgia: Has she has an MRI (rule out MS, or compressive pathology)? How was diagnosis made? This may be a debilitating condition, but she may achieve relief with certain medications (Tricyclics, anticonvulsants), injections or surgery as the surgeon (ENT or neurosurg) sees fit. Seek expert medical help for your wife. Her quality of life depends on it. ...Read more

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Can unsuccessful root canal (tooth still pains) cause damage to trigeminal nerve?

Can unsuccessful root canal (tooth still pains) cause damage to trigeminal nerve?

Failed RCT: A failed root canal can become infected and infections can spread in bone and cause destruction to surrounding bone and tissues. Therefore, it requires prompt treatment-- either re-treatment, surgery or extraction of tooth. See an Endodontist for an evaluation and to discuss treatment options. ...Read more

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Daily migraine 4-6 pm right side follows trigeminal nerve taking Imitrex (sumatriptan) sometimes 2x do I need a neuro consult?

MD or DDS?: Could be what used to be called trigeminal neuralgia and this can often be diagnosed and treated by a specially trained neuromuscular dentist, although clearance from a neurologist/md is always a good idea at first. ...Read more

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Are both cluster headaches and migraines related to the trigeminal nerve? If so, how are they related? How does the trigeminal nerve affect one's head

Are both cluster headaches and migraines related to the trigeminal nerve? If so, how are they related? How does the trigeminal nerve affect one's head

Superb questions!: You are apparently young and smart. This could be a good research project for you.

Cluster headache, like trigeminal neuralgia, produces what is called a "neuralgiform" pain syndrome (no space for details). Migraine is different. But both are neurological syndromes. The exact biological differences are poorly defined. "Cortical spreading depression" is more typical of migraine. ...Read more

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I had vestibular neuritis six months ago, and now I developed some neuropathy on the trigeminal nerve, could there be a relation?

I had vestibular neuritis six months ago, and now I developed some neuropathy on the trigeminal nerve, could there be a relation?

It is possible: It is possible that they are related. The vestibular and the trigeminal nerves are both cranial nerves and it is certainly possible that whatever is causing the problem with one of them could also be affecting the other. The good news is that if your neurologist can find a treatment for one it should help the other condition. I hope you are symptoms free soon ...Read more

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Thought the trigeminal nerve was a sharp pain. I feel like its more of a sinus headache. Dr suspects its the trigeminal nerve. Don't get it.

Thought the trigeminal nerve was a sharp pain. I feel like its more of a sinus headache. Dr suspects its the trigeminal nerve. Don't get it.

Trigeminal neuralgia: You are right. Trigeminal neuralgia pain is sharp, lancinating usually with a trigger point. Touching the face on the trigger point will trigger the sharp pain. Pain on the face from any cause is mediated through the trigeminal nerve though. ...Read more

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I got chronic burning on nose, eye, lip (all left side) MRI of trigeminal nerve shows nothing, if relaxed I don't feel it. Could it be psychosomatic?

I got chronic burning on nose, eye, lip (all left side) MRI of trigeminal nerve shows nothing, if relaxed I don't feel it. Could it be psychosomatic?

Not sure: Trigemminal nerve irritation may no t show on MRI. Consider treatment via craniosacral therapy from a Doctor of Osteopathy. You can find a practitioner at the American Academy of Osteopathy website ...Read more

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Ache under Lft jaw, occ'l numbness in cheek/eye. Trigeminal nerve line but doesn't fit neuralgia description. RARE shooting pain. 3 doctors don't know?

Ache under Lft jaw, occ'l numbness in cheek/eye. Trigeminal nerve line but doesn't fit neuralgia description. RARE shooting pain. 3 doctors don't know?

Myofascial pain: Most likely pain is coming from injury to fascia in neck/jaw/upper back. You may be able to find tender "trigger points" in the muscles of your neck, upper back, and jaw. They will cause any sensation you can describe (numbness to burning, aching, cramping, knife-like), and also be difficult to localize.
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What are ways to ease the pain from trigeminal nerve pain in the lower jaw that I can do at home?

Trigger?: Modify or decrease the trigger agent.

Trigeminal nerve pain usually has a trigger; such as when brushing the teeth, brushing the face lightly, or air blowing on the face.

Certain medications like Carbamazepine can assist in relieving the painful jolts. ...Read more

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Can dry eyes be related to trigeminal nerve pain?

Can dry eyes be related to trigeminal nerve pain?

Possible: Normal eye sensation (via trigeminal) is required for the blink reflex which keeps eye lubricated. If trigeminal nerve not working normally, it could cause dry eye. ...Read more

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Why would I have a brain freeze type pain in my head? Is it more likely sinuses, headache, or my trigeminal nerve?

Why would I have a brain freeze type pain in my head? Is it more likely sinuses, headache, or my trigeminal nerve?

Consider migraine: A brain freeze is not likely a trigeminal nerve problem at your age. It could represent a sinus infection or it could represent migraine headaches. I suggest that you see a local physician to have these symptoms checked out. ...Read more

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I had vestibular neuritis and then some burning sensation on the trigeminal nerve, could all this be caused by the same virus or no connection?

I had vestibular neuritis and then some burning sensation on the trigeminal nerve, could all this be caused by the same virus or no connection?

Possible relation: See a neurologist and if necessary have a spinal tap, as this may represent an ongoing inflammatory process within brain or over the brain coverings. ...Read more

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Can trigeminal nerve be damaged by unsuccessful root canal of upper teeth premolar?

No: The Trigeminal nerve is not near your upper teeth. A branch called the maxillary division of the Trigeminal provides enervation to your upper teeth. It is very unlikely that the root canal treatment damaged the nerve. ...Read more

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If I suspect a trigeminal nerve issue, so I see a neurologist, a dentist or some other type of doctor? Thank you.

Need more data: I need to know more about your symptoms. Schedule an inbox consult with me at: www. Healthtap. Com/douglasdds and I'll try to help. ...Read more

Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

A painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post-herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more


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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...Read more