Do I have Trigeminal Neuralgia?

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I'm male and 43 years old.

Over a month ago, I was using a powerdrill, had it in the wrong direction and it kicked back on me and the heavy whacked me extremely hard on the right side of my face, after in and out of my GP, and xrays showed no signs of a fracture,  a doctor diagnosed me as a crushed nerve, he advised me to start with Panadol, if still hurting take 400mg ibuprofen (which seems to help a little), and if really still bad I got prescriped medical Amitriptyline which a least helps me get a good night's sleep.  

I match the symptoms very well for Trigeminal Neuralgia, my stabbing pain starts below my left ear and can last from a few minutes to several hours, when really bad the pain spreads to my head, lower jaw and neck, feeling they one massive gaint headache somewhat.

If really disrupts my day to day life, I cannot make too many plans for the next day and i'm unsure how I am going to feel.

There seems to be so many triggers for the pain, I can no longer drink anything too hot, or put my head under the shower, I try to sleep on my back, my right ear is extremely sentisive to noise too, I can no longer listen to music or play games with my headphones for too long.I also try to avoid leaning forward, is many cases even touching my right side of my face.

My GP told me is can take up to six weeks for nerves to heal yet now i'm 5 weeks in, and I got a fear I might have this for the rest of my life

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    Hello, ok it's been several months, and I think it's important that I last update my condition here, promising good news here, my pain has eased a lot over the last several months, not gone completely, but becoming more minor everytime, that i rarely need to reach for medication anymore, if fact haven't needed anything for months now and barely even have to think or worry about it anymore. I can go weeks now without even the slightest pain, then occasionally a very minor one occurs for a few days to a week, but so minor, all it is, is just a reminder of how horrible and  intense it used to be.

    The way is today, its looks promising it is going to be gone completely by the end of this year.

    But, I don't want to get my hopes completely up, I heard these things can go away for months then just return completely, I just like to keep prepared just in case.

    Still was a mystery though, no doctor could be too sure what was wrong with me, so I may never know, but it certainly seems to link when a powerdrill I was using kicked back on me and hit me in the side of the face, very painful blunt force at first site, but the the real random pain attacks creept up weeks later.

    I wish whoever has this condition permanently, a recovery one day whatever it takes,, it just a horrible condition to live with.


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