I was diagnosed with TGN about 5 years ago with severe pain in left side of face.

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Medication ( a combination of gabapentin and carbamazapine) has helped manage the most severe pain but still have electrical, burning pain from lower eye through facial area. Also, when I have hygenist cleaning of teeth each six months, the extreme pain begins for weeks after. Does anyone experience dental work as a "trigger? Thanks

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    Oh yes. Dental work, eating, talking, shaving, you name it. You could talk to your doctor about increasing your dosage, or look into more permanent treatment options.
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    My TN is in my mouth and around my teeth and to have my teeth cleaned is terriable afterwoulds. A dental visit is a nightmare before I go. Your story is like so many people's.   Go to your GP and get an appointment to see a neurologyst.     Also join TN Association UK. You can find it on line. You will get a lot of help from people that have experience of TN.        Don't suffer alone get some help.

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    Yes, the trigeminal nerve ends in the mouth, dental work is a huge trigger
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    I have had TN since 1997; the last four years the pain is getting worse and I have been told by a Specialist that this is due beause i am getting older.  Like you, approx four years ago I visited the dentist, for dental work, and in the middle of the dental work,  the pain was excruciating.  I suffered the pain until the dentist was finished, and told the dentist the problem. 

    The pain was so horrendous, and still is, I have never been brave enough to return to the dentist. 

    I thought the "trigger" from the dentist was due to e having MS as well. Intersting to read about you also having pain triggers from the dentist.   

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