Trigeminal Neuralgia/atypical facial pain questions
I have been having ongoing pain that sorta seems to always be there, but get worse every so often after I had two root canals done right next to each other 3 months ago in my upper right jaw. One root canal was retreated and still there is pain. The pain is a dull ache around the area of the gum of my root canaled teeth. The endodontist is puzzled, my dentist is puzzled. I went to my primary care physician and he gave me a cat scan to test my sinuses. However, the dentist thinks I could have trigeminal neuralga or atypical facial pain. I have researched TN and I do not have the symptoms of it. The sharp shooting pains and a trigger point. Mine is just an ache in my gum above the teeth.
So I went to a neurologist and I feel he did a terrible job. He told me without examining me at all, only hearing my story, that he does not think I have TN, but I should go ahead and take tegretol for a month to see if this is what is causing my pain. I do not want to take a medicine with so many side effects if they don't even think that is what it is.
I personally believe that I am in a 2% of people with a failed root canal even though it looks fine on xray. I have pain still when I bite with those teeth. But the endodontist did not want to pull the tooth unless I had checked into this. Because if they pull it and it is a nerve, well I'll still have pain and be left with one less tooth.
Any advice or opinions on if this could be TN or ATFP? Anyone out there have it?