Since so many of you have asked what Trigeminal Neuralgia is, I thought I'd give a quick look at it.
After seeing the diagram of the different pathways of the trigeminal nerve, it seems I've been experiencing symptoms for years . . . but didn't realize it.
I am so thankful I finally found a doctor who listened and believed me, that it was not a dental abscess, despite what the Dr that read the first CT scan said, and my former PCP kept telling me it was, and before my dentist pulled my teeth! (Having 3 root canals 3 years ago was bad enough!)
Trigeminal neuralgia is a chronic pain condition that affects the trigeminal nerve, which carries sensation from your face to your brain. If you have trigeminal neuralgia, even mild stimulation of your face — such as from brushing your teeth or putting on makeup — may trigger a jolt of excruciating pain.
You may initially experience short, mild attacks. But trigeminal neuralgia can progress and cause longer, more-frequent bouts of searing pain. Trigeminal neuralgia affects women more often than men, and it's more likely to occur in people who are older than 50.
I share this with you, not to gain sympathy, but to educate. According to what I've found, this is a rare disease. (I've read only 200,000 in the US; and another place less than one case in 200,000, so who knows.)
But, the point is, as with any diagnosis, if your gut tells you there's more to the story, don't stop until you find a Physician who will listen to you and believe you. Someone who is in your corner fighting with you.
After all, we only have one life to live. Let's make it the best we can.