Three weeks ago I started having severe pain on the right side of my head p

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The pain comes every late afternoon and lasts for 3-6 hours. The pain is excruciating Severe pain in my ear, jaw, upper teeth and up into my eye. Tooth decay and ear infection has been ruled out. This happens everyday and it is the worst pain I have ever experienced and won't stop. Then it goes away and I am fine until the next afternoon. I just had a CT scan today and waiting to see a neurologist. Is this TN? Started flexeril and gabapentin but not helping yet. Nothing helps. Advice?

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    I could control it by;

    1-Geranium essential oil, a drop or two on my pain side of my face along the line of trigeminal nerve - upper teeth line, lower teeth line both going up and meeting by my ear.. google picture the nerve line

    2-Acupuncture

    3-Exercise

    4-Minimum saturated fat in diet

    5-Healthy oily fish

    6-Meditation to keep calm when the pain arrives - breath deeply and calmly to ride through it

    7-Keep teeth in optimal health though this is nothing to do with teeth ( to make sure it doesn't aggravate it )

    I never took any pills due to horrible side effects.

    I wish you patience.

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      Thank you for your reply. I do try to do most of the things you listed. Does what I have sound like TN? The pain is so great during the four hours I can barely stand it. Searing pain in my ear, the feeling of a drill hitting the nerve in my tooth and pain along my nose and around my eye and then it's gone until the next day. Thx again.

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    Only MRI scan can confirm it but yes the pain is in multiple types of forms, any shape and duration.. but hours during same time each day sounds odd.. MRI scan as soon as you can
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    MRI is the way ahead for you. Your neurologist team should suggest that because it's the only way to confirm a "typical" TN. If you've got an arterial loop pressing on the root of cranial nerve No. 5, then that will open up a series of alternative treatments by your neurosurgeon. One of these is surgery (called MVD) but there are several others that they (and you) can consider.

    Keep in touch and let us know what's happening.

    Cheers

    Big D

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