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Old 05-09-2009, 09:25 AM   #1
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Burning in Right temple

New to the boards so sorry if I'm repeating a question. I couldn't find a question quite like mine. I've had a burning sensation on and off in my right temple for the last few months. It comes and goes a couple times a day and lasts for a few seconds. It feels almost hot and cold at the same time if that makes sense. And it feels like it is inside and outside too. Very odd sensation. It doesn't hurt, and isn't necessarily associated with one of my migraines. It is ONLY on the right side. I've had migraines as long as I can remember. I'm 39, and have been on topamax for a year and a half, currently 100 mg twice a day, a long with maxalt for break through migraines. I was also started on celexa for depression a few months ago, but these burning sensations started before the celexa. I'm wondering if this is anything to be concerned with, or just a side effect of the topamax that may have developed.

 
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Re: Burning in Right temple

Might just be an irritated nerve. Are your sunglasses too tight? Hat, headband, etc? Do you wear eyeglasses and is your Rx up to date? Eye strain can cause weird temple sensations, especially if one eye is off.


No rash, or spots around the area? (shingles, check under your hairline too)

Jaw makes clicking noises, is sore or "sticks" in place? (temporomandibular joint disorder, jaw clenching or nighttime bruxism) Easy way to check for bruxism is your molars, are they smooth?

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Old 05-09-2009, 04:15 PM   #3
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Re: Burning in Right temple

I do wear glasses and it's a new prescription. Hardly ever wear sunglasses. it's kind of above the temple, above the hairline. Good thought though. And I do have TMJ problems from a car accident. I don't grind my teeth but find myself tensing up a lot. I have to make myself relax. It just seems so much farther up in my head. Do you think that it could be causing it that far up? I guess I would say it's about an inch above my temple and about an inch back from my hairline. Thanks so much for the quick reply! I appreciate it. Hadnt thought of my TMJ.

 
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Re: Burning in Right temple

Yup, TMJ or teeth clenching can irritate the nerve that goes from your spine to your temple and the rest of your face. Any pain/burning/tingling that follows the path of a nerve is called a neuralgia.

I think it's the fifth cranial nerve (my mother had shingles in the same nerve, I just looked all this stuff up not too long ago) and it has three parts, one that's sensory (provides sensation in the face), one that goes to the eyes and one that's a motor nerve that goes to the jaw. It's also called the trigeminal nerve.

 
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Re: Burning in Right temple

Thank you!

 
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