Possible Neuralgia?

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The pain started on Tuesday this week, at first I could have sworn my sinuses were playing up. I had pain along my left side of my face: forehead, temple, cheek bone, upper and lower teeth (maybe gum pain?) and jaw. 

On Wednesday, the pain moved to the right side of my face. Same areas of pain. Took paracetamol and it didn’t shift the pain. 

Today, the pain is in the same area as yesterday. As I type this, I am experiencing pain on forehead, temple, cheek bone (also feels like right cheek is burning up), and the pain is extending across my bottom gum area. The worst area of the pain, which feels sharp at the moment is my cheek. 

I could have sworn that it was a dental problem, but I think if it was I would have toothache in one place. (Correct me if I’m wrong). 

My mother suggested it might be Neuralgia, as she suffered from it some years ago. She suggested that I go and see a dentist or a doctor. Can a dentist do anything for it? 

I haven’t had any trauma lately, but I have recovered from Glandular fever about four months ago.

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    I am so sorry for your pain! I understand though because I'm also living with this disease. I went to the dentist, had a root canal & 2 teeth pulled. I suggest not going to the dentist. 

    Until you can get in to see a neurologist I suggest you take 800 mg of Turmeric in the am.  (This is all natural, a spice. You can buy it at the pharmacy.) It's a game changer! I also tried acupuncture. It does work but it was out of pocket, not covered by my insurance. 

    Stay away from anything with sugar, or acid foods like tomato's. Stay calm. Don'r get upset or nervous. These are triggers to set it off.

    Don't use an electric tooth brush or anything on your face that vibrates. I pray you get releif soon!

    I take Carbamazapine at night for pain. 

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    Dear butterflyx, you may have some type of neuralgia but I don’t think it’s trigeminal neuralgia.If the pain keeps coming back every day I don’t think a dentist will help you. See a doctor.. .. hope you have some luck with your problem ,Life isn’t much fun when your in pain.
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    Hello There, I wouldn't worry too much about your problem being due to Trigeminal neuralgia. Typically this decease is felt in one side of the face only. You may have the standard type of neuralgia which can be painful but does not have the same intensity as Trigeminal neuralgia. You really should see your doctor before coming to any conclusion or self-medicating. He will advise as to treatment or any further diagnostic procedures.

     Good luck with this. I really hope that you will soon be out of pain. Do let us know.the outcome.

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    I'm sorry to tell you but it can be hereditary. And it can come on with no trauma or for no obvious reason. Some people develop it all of a sudden, just out of the blue. Find a neurologist that has extensive experience with Trigeminal Neuralgia. And if you have an MRI done and it doesn't show anything, that does not mean that you do not have it. And if you do end up with a diagnosis, know that we are all here for you and there are resources out there. Keep us posted. If you do end up with a diagnosis, let me know. I know of another forum for TN that you should join in addition to this one. And the best book on TN that was ever written. Along with other resources.

    Good luck! 

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