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Trigeminal neuralgia or toothache?

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Cat Lady

Hi, there was a thread about this a while ago but no posts recently so I've started another. I had an attack of TN about a year ago which happily only lasted a few weeks.I'd never felt pain like it so my sympathies to those of you who have it more severely/permanently. I had toothache all weekend which I thought was another TN attack, til my brother said the exact symptoms sounded like what he experiences when he has a tooth abscess. I dismissed it at first but by Monday I was coming round to the idea as the main source of pain seems to be a single tooth. So I went to the dentist who prodded my tooth with that metal hook thing they use and took 2 x-rays. She said though that there was no abscess showing on the x-ray, no decay and no gum disease. What I'd be grateful to know though from other TN sufferers is whether anyone else has had similar symptoms. The attack I had last year was much more generalised and more painful but as that's been my only attack (I know how lucky I am) I thought I'd ask. Thanks.

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Scully

Hello.

 

Yes I started the last thread on TN or toothache..

 

I too went to my dentist, who did much the same thing, poked, prodded and X rayed. Nothing wrong there. Dentist insisted I went to the GP or the local Max Fac clinic. I chose the GP who immediately started meon Carbamazepine which took about 3 weeks to wo k completely,

 

The difference for me between the two was this..

 

Toothache. Seems to last for quite a few hours at a time and is often a constant nagging ache.

TN, for me, comes in short, sharp, and painfully acute, each one lasts no more than a few 60 seconds. At its worst I was having dozens a day.

The attacks can come with a cool breeze, the lightest touch of all.

The pain from TN I can only liken to being hit on the side of the face with a brick at full force...leaving some numbness and tingling,

 

I'd see your GP in the first instance. Or maybe have a word with your MS Nurse?

 

Hope this helps.

 

Scully

 


They are not brain lesions..........they are just bright ideas

 

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Thanks Scully, suspected it wasn't TN as wasn't that vicious pain across the face at the slightest provocation! It was, like you said, a permanent think. Pain is subsiding now though still there so I'll see how it goes. Thanks.

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Scully

Hello Cat Lady,

 

So pleased it's probably not TN.... TN sucks huh?

Fingers crossed that whatever the pain is continues to subside for you.

Scully

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