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Hi I'm 46 and have been suffering with what I have been told by gp is TN. I'm currently taking 600mg of tegretol and have been for last three months . It has stopped the terrible pain but I still have the numb patches around jaw and left side of head very sensitive . I have a MRI booked for this Saturday finally and hoping this will give me some answers to what's going on and what can be done. My gp has told me that I'm taking quite a high dose but as I'm still feeling things going on there is no way I can reduce them and go through what I can say was the worse pain I've ever experienced in my life and that's after having two children. What I want to know once you have been referred to a specialist do they try to godown the route of medication first to solve it or do they consider straight away the surgical route ? Any advice would be great
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