Not sure who to trust GP or dentist?

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Ive seen dentist 4 months ago since pain started he said nothing wrong with my teeth then suggested mouth guard- he didn't give me an x ray or anything but a month later the pain got worsen so I went to GP and he said I have TGN this just after Christmas. Yesterday I went for routine check up with the dentist and he said it shouldn't be TGN it could be the root infection. I just don't understand why he didn't say it 4 months ago and x ray yesterday wasn't clear about infection either. What should i do? I felt like the dentist want to do root canal for no reason.

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    Sounds like you need to

    a) see a new dentist for an x-ray for a 2nd opinion as a root infection should show up and .... if it's an abscess .... this should clear up with a course of antibiotics... but it may be that you do need a root canal which could be confirmed by an impartial dentist and...

    b) you need to go back to your doctor to ask for a referral to a neurologist for a scan to see if TGN can be confirmed

    Good luck

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    In April of 2016 I went to the dentist for a deep filling. I left and as the novicane wore off I had a drilling effect stuck in my head. Right side only, streaking severe pain up the same right side. I went back to the dentist who said root canal. My gut said...it was more than that. I went to another dentist who suggested my sinus was sitting on he nerve. He said no root canal. The next day my patience wore thin as pain remained. I was diagnosed with TGN by my PCP's cohort as mine as on vacation. A nerve medication was prescribed called carbamezoene. I was told to increase the dose quickly because the doctor said this is bad but is going to get much worse. I did and the medicine made me sick fast with vomiting, brain fog, fatigue but the pain was gone. I went to a well known neurologist and good one at that who agreed with the PCP. He encouraged me to continue the carbamezapine despite my reluctance. A day or two later, I called the pharmacist to obtain instructions to stop this aweful medicine. I called my PCP who said stop the meds, take gabopentin. I increased over several days and it worked but I had to keep increasing. I went to ENT. Had sinus surgery months later. It seemed to work but upon healing it returned. Then throat surgery. I had a large polyp on my throat. No cancer. Healed....felt ok for a bit....the nerve pain returned but ear pain on right side stopped. Went to a new dentist who said wisdom tooth is wrapped in nerve. Most recently had that out. Returned last week, dentist says severe tmj which I have had since I was 12 due to a facial injury. Today, i am no better. Dizzy. Jaw pain. Nausea, tooth pain.and distorted vision all on he right side..just like the day it started minis the sinus pressure so severe. That is now minimal. A few months shy of a year and back to square one. Tomorrow I am calling TMJ specialist after seeing a orthodontist today. Praying for answers. One other symptom..alot of swollen lymphnodes throat and neck.

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    Hi, I was told I had teeth problems and ended up having 4 teeth removed

    for no good reason. after telling the dentist I had excruciating pain on the

    right side of my mouth. I went to see my gp and she asked me about my

    history of mouth pain and she said it sounded like TGN and referred me

    to a neurologist. A mri confirmed it. So, I would suggest asking your gp to

    refer you to a neurologist. Trust me it's better than having teeth out

    unnecessarily. TGN is hard to diagnose. I was lucky that my gp knew about

    it. Take information with you to explain why you think it could be TGN. It's

    Worth it if it is. If you're unsure about your dentist, don't go. I would give

    anything to have my 4 teeth still!!

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    Hi, I had numerous root canals, teeth pulled and the cause was TN. I just had MVD surgery and the tooth pain is gone!!! After all this I don't trust endodontist or oral surgeons. Good luck, Mary

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