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Im not sure where to start. I started to feel pain in the left side of my head exactly one week ago. It wasn't shocking or stabbing, just achy jaw temple area. The same the next day with a bit more pain coming and going. On the 3rd day I went to the ER as I was experiencing stabbing pain in my teeth, jaw, temple, facial numbness on left side only. It happened multiple times during the day. The description of TN was exactly what I was experiencing. The ER did nothing except rule out a stroke. The doctor suggested it was TN & offered pain killers (no thanks). How little I knew of TN one week ago & how much I know now. I made it thru a couple of days with sporlactic attacks then went to my Family Doc. She immediately suspected TN & prescribed Lyrica & referred me to a neurologist (how long that will take I have no idea). The pain was excruciating that evening, bringing me to tears, it felt like my teeth we all cracking. A sip of warm tea would send me into a severe attack. So off to the dentist because I felt I should rule out dental issues to be sure. I have a great dentist and she was quite certain my teeth were all healthy and she felt TN sounded plausible. So referral to a facial pain specialist, who treats specifically facial nerve disorders. So now I just wait for the appointment. What confuses me is that now I'm 7 days out and have been on Lyrica for 4 days. The pain is constant, not stabbing electrical pain but achy throbbing tender pain in lower jaw. The occasional zap. It hurts to open my mouth to eat and my rear molars are very touchy. I have not had a stabbing attack though. But this achy constant discomfort is there. Advil seem to help it a bit which makes me think this isn't TN, as Advil shouldn't help much. Any words of wisdom would really help. I am really scared that this could be from something more going on (MS, Tumour) Or that I may have a whole new normal to adjust to. I can't imagine living with this for years on end. I feel so much compassion for all of you who suffer with this. Cheers
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