Anyone had face pain?
Posted 29 November 2008 - 02:29 AM
It's not sinusitis and it's not my teeth apparently. I went to the dentist as an emergency yesterday. He checked all my teeth and found no cause of my toothache. I've lay awake 3 nights in a row with undescribable pain, last night being the worst. I thought it may be neuralgia and it's possible but I've had that before and this is much worse.
Any input would be greatly appreciated. If it get's any worse I'm off to the hospital!
Hugs Barbara xxx
Posted 29 November 2008 - 03:33 AM
Trigeminal neuralgia (TNâ€”tic douloureux) is a disorder of the fifth cranial (trigeminal) nerve that causes episodes of intense, stabbing, electric shock-like pain in the areas of the face where the branches of the nerve are distributed - lips, eyes, nose, scalp, forehead, upper jaw, and lower jaw. Trigeminal Neuralgia Association.
In the site linked above to the Trigeminal Neuralgia Association you will find a page with a good explanation and pictures to illustrate. Here is a direct link:
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Posted 29 November 2008 - 06:13 AM
I'm sorry to hear you had to go the dentist for this pain in your face. I've had terrible toothaches and know how painful those can be. In your case, since that was ruled out, I agree with jefa's post that it can be neurological. Did the dentist give you pain medication for pain relief until you find out what this is? I found the only thing that helped me was pain medication.
I hope you get better soon and the doctors find out what you have!
Sending my best wishes to you,
Posted 29 November 2008 - 08:12 AM
I believe Carrie has provided a good link for you to read.
As with you, my doctor and I thought it was sinus infections I was dealing with...for 2 years!
She was prescribing antibiotics, they would "help"...for 30 days and the pain started again.
She pressed on my sinuses...no pain. She then said, "You have Trigeminal Neuralgia and I'm going to prescribe Neurontin for you to take".
So, that's my story...I hope that you are able to get relief soon, my friend!
Posted 29 November 2008 - 09:17 AM
Posted 29 November 2008 - 05:36 PM
Sorry you are having such a terrible time. It does sound like some type of neuralgia like others have suggested. Just wondering though if it might be GI related like a spasm of some sort. Does it happen during the day also? Night time always makes me think of GI distress. I have esophageal spasms that are set off by reflux especially at night. Have had them during the day too. They cause chest pain which causes pain in my face, teeth, jaw and down my arms. Sometimes I will get a headache too on top of the rest. Mylanta or carafate will settle things down for me if I can swollow by that time. Warm water has worked also. When it happens I will start with the meds first then warm water is the last of my tricks. If it is a spasm not caused by reflux the warm water works. Can you take these meds? Hope you find relief soon.
With gentle thoughts,
Posted 30 November 2008 - 03:12 AM
Posted 30 November 2008 - 09:54 AM
I waited in an overcrowded room full of unfortunate individuals, from screaming children to aggravated adults who had been there most of the day and had lost patience long before I arrived.
I was in pure agony and I'm sure it was visibly evident because I was pushed through quite quickly by all accounts. The doctor examined my mouth and exclaimed that it could be an abcess and definately dental oraly related. The diagnosis my dental practitioner failed to notice even though I was quite adamant that I thought my tooth was infected.
I was sent home with antibiotics which I'm having trouble taking since my feeding tube has perished and needs changing.
So I'm still in some pain, unsure whether the doctor was right or the dentist? All I know is, the pain isn't always in my mouth more like the back of my throat and jaw.
I'll carry on until I go into hospital to have my tube changed and then I'll mention it again!
Thanks again for all your thoughts, wishes and suggestions. You guys are just tops!
Love and hugs
Posted 01 December 2008 - 11:04 AM
The last thing a person wants...besides the pain...is unsure doctors
I'm so sorry that your feeding tube is in need of a change and I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed that you have a new one, by now.
You poor thing~! I'm thinking the antibiotis will "help", but the problem needs a more instantaneous remedy and that's the hard part, huh?
Of course, if it IS an abscess, at least you will have the antibiotic part done and can have the abscees taken care of...yes?
I'm just glad you went to the ER...I am hoping for you to feel better SOON!!!
Soft Hugs for you, Barb!