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started 4 yrs. ago on right side of her face then several months later it hit the other side. she has tried all meds, no surgeries, and now is experiencing swelling on both sides. chewing somehow makes it better, cold weather does not affect the duration or onset, however smiling and laughing will send her into excruciating pain. she holds her face constantly. she is accused of having a bad attitude at work because she cannot smile or talk alot but they do not understand although she has tried to explain. she has two sons and is at wit's end. she's tried anti-depressants, seizure meds, clonipin, etc., etc., as well as botox injections which did nothing for her pain, if anything made it worse. any comments, suggestions, advice would be immensely appreciated as we do not know where to turn and I am afraid she will give us soon.
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