All the neurological and vascular causes of facial pain excluding headaches are rare compared to the dental and temporomandibular causes. Conservative Management of Cervical Spine Disorders. During the consultation we will use the McGill Pain Questionnaire MPQ to gauge not only the sensory component of the pain but also the affective and evaluative aspects. The definition for this condition is very unclear and remains a subject of controversy according to the IASP. Over-the-counter OTC pain medication can treat facial pain caused by cluster headaches or migraine headaches. Diagnosis can be made from the type and location of the pain and the finding of a tender and swollen carotid artery on the same side.
Guide to Understanding Cancer. A dull, throbbing pain on one side of your face or around your mouth is generally due to problems within the mouth, such as a toothache, cavity, or abscess. Atypical facial pain is usually idiopathic, meaning that there is no known cause. People often call trigeminal neuralgia " tic douloureux " because of a characteristic muscle spasm that accompanies the pain. Surrounding the TMJ are facial muscles, nerves and blood vessels which can be affected by any injury or disorder of the joint.
Prescription antiviral medications like acyclovir and valacyclovir may shorten the duration of the rash, but your doctor may use other medications to address any persistent nerve pain specifically. Your doctor will determine treatment options for your facial pain based on the cause. Between these vertebrae are discs, and nearby pass the nerves of the neck. Understanding and Treating Ovarian Cancer Pain.
Many patients with trigeminal neuralgia complain that their dentist treated them for dental causes of pain before finally they received the correct diagnosis. A history of rhinitis, recurrent or acute sinusitis, purulent nasal discharge, and hyposmia should be elicited. Mumps is a contagious disease caused by a virus that passes from one person to another through saliva, nasal secretions, and close personal contact. Migraine symptoms can also overlap with those more characteristic of tension, cluster, or so-called sinus headache. Received salary from Medscape for employment. An overview of facial pain in terms of epidemiology, classification, diagnosis and management. Table 7 Characteristics of idiopathic or atypical facial pain.