Severe facial pain is immediately disruptive to everyday life. And unless you were in a recent accident, you may not have any clue what’s causing sudden and significant pain over one or more areas of your face.
The trigeminal nerve is one of the most common sources of chronic facial pain on one side of the face. At first, many people mistake trigeminal pain for a dental abscess or a migraine condition. But if you’ve been living with facial pain for more than six months, your dental examinations are all clear, and traditional pain medications aren’t effective, you may be suffering from neuropathic pain stemming from the trigeminal nerve.
Keep reading to learn signs and symptoms that indicate the trigeminal nerve is causing your chronic pain.
The trigeminal nerve is a cranial nerve that carries sensations from the face to your brain. It’s actually a pair of nerves — one on each side of the face. Each...