TN2 doctors and dentists to make decisions

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July 2014 I had some private dental work and within a week bad toothache on the rh side

Dentist would not give me root canal as he said the pain where I was pointing suggested sinus Infection. I had 5 courses of antibiotics and between these sharp electric pains that were debilitating. A&E gave me naproxen and in between those a pain specialist have me amitriptyline and said I had atypical facial pain from the dental work. My dentist referred me to dental hospital and I'm now off naproxen and amitriptyline as they were putting all my nerves on fire to my teeth. Dentist says TN2 and put me on tegretol. Im already on gabapentin for sciatica. My pain is constant so I'm confused with symptoms. I have a constant headache, like I've banged my head in a car accident and it just doesn't go away, feel like I have an ear infection and a burning sensation. Electric shocks are a lot like muscle spasms now and not bad like last year. My dentist is taking care of me, just wondering if 1: I do have it and 2: when is my doctor going to step up and realise I need MRI. Feel like I'm fighting a losing battle.

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    Hi.  I read your story and so much of it mirrored my recent experiences.

    Since September 2014 I have suffered ear ache (or so I thought).  When it started I had three weeks worth of antibiotics which didn't touch the pain, which I felt was deep down in my ear.  After 6 weeks the right side of my face was numb and I had lost my sense of taste.  I saw the GP who sent me to the hospital.  I thought I was going for a check up but ended up staying in.  I went for a hearing test and was seen by the ENT specialists.  They couldn't find anything wrong with my ears, but decided that I needed treating for TN.  I was sent home with carbamazapine and returned three days later for a MRI of my ear canals and brain.  My head ache was awful, I couldn't bear the TV on.

    The carbamazapine made me present as a drunk and I had to stop taking it.  The MRI came back clear and I am now awaiting to see a neurologist as ENT have found nothing wrong.  I am now taking Gabapentin (not sure it is doing much good) and have also started taking Magnesium, as it was recommended on here.

    I have a lot of ear ache, face pain that shoots across the right side, pins and needles type of pain.  My referral went in on 3.12.2014 and I still have no appointment.

    Hope you get somewhere with your diagnosis!

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    Consider making an appt with a neurologist. Sounds like you have a combination but electric shocks if in face are TN. Tegretol is effective!


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    It's a good job that I take Solpadene for my back pain otherwise I wouldn't be able to function. I might try sinutab to see if I have some relief from the pain, I feel like I'm trying to diagnose myself. It's madness, I feel my symptons are Tn but tegretol is not working for me. I have 2 weeks to go to see dental hospital now and just feel it's so long away. Do you know when you look in the mirror and expect your face to be massively swollen and it's not, no-one really understands. I appreciate all your comments and have found this forum a great help.
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    Here's a shocker, despite electric shocks, tingling and a migraine constant pain for 9 months looks like it maybe tooth related due to timeliness of pain symptoms after dental work. Now on Naproxen and tramadol for the pain. Dental hospital looked in depth into scans etc. Dental work starting Thursday, I'm so scared of the pain still being there after I've had this done. I'll keep updates coming when I can. I'll be so relieved if it is my tooth despite my symptons being exactly the same as TN2.
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