Does this sound like TN? Please help

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I got elbowed in the eye 1 month ago. I experienced on and off lower jaw/tooth pain for 3 weeks, it never lasted more than 30 minutes. It was a dull throbbing. Last week my right ear area felt numb and congested. Both the ENT and dentist said I have nothing wrong with my ear or teeth.

All the pain and fullness-feelings have disappeared and now I feel normal. But I had googled my symptoms when I had them and I have been having severe anxiety about the possibility of having TN. Does this sound like pre-tn or early TN? Thank you! 

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    Are you having electric shocks or pounding in your ear or under your eye? Any sensitivity to teeth or weather? I have bilateral TN, ATN,TN2 and ON
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      Hi Cary,

      No electrical shocks. I'm scared I have pre-tn, which occurs without the electrical shocks apparently. These thoughts have been taking over my life and giving me severe anxiety attacks. 

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    TN, at least for me, was a burning, searing pain much like a torch being applied to the right side of my face. I was completely rid of it with the MVD operation over 20 years ago. My knowledge of TN suggests that it is not caused by physical injury, but most commonly where a congenital situation where an artery comes in direct contact with the 5th cranial or Trigeminal nerve. There are, of course, other causes but for me, that was the cause.

    In my case, the pain was sometimes a dull throbbing as you describe, but it would alternate with the more searing type of pain. It would also orbit the right side of my head, sometimes in the front, sometimes in the rear, sometimes lower in the jaw. At first, it was amenable to Tegritol (carbamazepine) but after some 15 years of suffering up to the time of the operation, it became less and less diminished by drugs, until they became totally ineffective due to the natural habituation process. 

    I would suggest that you seek out a neurologist and see if he or she might consider a round of the usual drugs for TN. If they work, that would assist in diagnosis.

    Good luck.

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    Hi! stin you might want to go to a neurologist to get an mri done so they can see if it is that way they can get u in treatment so it's not going off and on

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