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Doctor insights on: Trigeminal Neuralgia And Ear Pain

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Is it possble that a toothache cause trigeminal neuralgia?

Is it possble that a toothache cause trigeminal neuralgia?

The opposite is true: "There is one disease of the Jaws which seems in reality to have no connection with the Teeth, but of which the Teeth are generally suspected to be the cause. As simple pain demonstrates nothing, a Tooth is often suspected, is perhaps drawn out; but still the pain continues, with this difference however, that it now seems to be in the root of the next Tooth". John Hunter (1778). It is true today. ...Read more

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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 ...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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Trigeminal neuralgia. I get a shock-like pain behind my ear in the divot by jawline. Scalp sensitivity also comes and goes. Get this looked at ?

Trigeminal neuralgia.  I get a shock-like pain behind my ear in the divot by jawline. Scalp sensitivity also comes and goes.  Get this looked at ?

Yes, an exam: By a physician would better serve you since a diagnosis based on good physical exam will lead to faster resolution of your problem. This maybe temporomandibular joint dysfunction, could be lesser occipital nerve irritation and trigeminal neuralgia seems less likely since it would involve mostly your face not behind the ear. ...Read more

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I have bilateral trigeminal neuralgia and its been affecting my tonsils, throat and ears. Cant get any relief. any suggestions?

Bil Trigeminal Pain: What have you been treated with thus far? Tegretol? Trileptal? Gabapentin? These are all neuropathic (nerve pain) pain agents.There are several others available if you have exhausted the ones listed. Another option is a gasserian ganglion block (with glycerol or phenol) which targets trigeminal neuropathy. Experienced anesthesia pain doctor would need to perform this procedure. ...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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L subclavian vein stenosis not Tx. Left jaw,lip,ear etc turns pins&needles/numb whenswimming. trigeminal neuralgia too. ? Paraesthesia vascular. ? Why

L subclavian vein stenosis not Tx. Left jaw,lip,ear etc turns pins&needles/numb whenswimming. trigeminal neuralgia too. ? Paraesthesia vascular. ? Why

Vein?: If the stenotic vein is severe enough to effect health, you would more likely have left sided pain, swelling in the arm, bluish tint to the fingers. Symptoms you're describing might be associated with a stenotic ARTERY (especially if there is "steal" syndrome). If it is the vein that has been stenotic, one can trust the decision not to treat, but could also expect spinal xray series or mri check ...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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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.

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.wouldnt 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.wouldnt 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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Can lightly touching my eyebrow that causes a strange ache be something more simple than trigeminal neuralgia ? My pain isn't intense. Only when touch

Hard to say: Things like what you have are difficult to help with without seeing and examining the painful areas. Make an appointment with your medical doctor. ...Read more

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Is trigeminal neuralgia very serious?

Is trigeminal neuralgia very serious?

YES! If not treated.: Tn is a specific name to a type of facial pain. It can take a few doctors visits to get a final ruling. Don't wait it is not cancer but the pain can make you wish you were dead! think flesh/tissue and not nerves for face pain! begin a self-care wellness program of vits, magnesium glycinate, sleep hygiene, self/pro massage, chiropractor, heat, epsom soaking, stretching. I use acupuncture! ...Read more

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Trigeminal neuralgia means pain where?

Trigeminal neuralgia: trigeminal neuralgia involves the face, usually on just one side and can involved the forehead, eye, cheek and jaw. Bilateral TN is usually only seen in patients with MS. ...Read more

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What can cause trigeminal neuralgia (tn)?

Unclear: Different reasons: viral, inflammatory, and most of the time it's not clear. ...Read more

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How can trigeminal neuralgia be diagnosed?

Clinical diagnosis: Syndrome of extreme facial pain in the absence of numbness or other objective findings, characterized by paroxysms of sharp stabbing pain in one of the divisions of the trigeminal nerve. Onset in mid->latter life, slighty greater f>m. Between paroxysms patient is pain free, paroxysm may last 15 min or more, many times/day. Trigger zone when stimulated sets off a paroxysm. Rarely bilateral. ...Read more

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What medications treat trigeminal neuralgia?

TN medications: In spite of vast improvements in the medical or surgical management of TN, there is still no treatment modality available. Carbamazepine, trileptal, neurontin, (gabapentin) baclofen and Dilantin are the most common medications for TN. ...Read more

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What symptoms characterize trigeminal neuralgia?

See below: Trigeminal neuralgia symptoms may include one or more of these patterns: occasional twinges of mild pain episodes of severe, shooting or jabbing pain spontaneous attacks of pain or attacks triggered by things such as touching the face, chewing, speaking and brushing teeth bouts of pain lasting from a few seconds to several seconds episodes of several attacks lasting days. ...Read more

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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. Peter Ihle
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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