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Only 4 attacks but ... 2 in the last 48 hours

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Old 08-04-2015, 08:10 PM   #1
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Only 4 attacks but ... 2 in the last 48 hours

My first attack of TN was in either 2012 or 2013. I was taking out the trash in spring. Light breeze on my face, and my right cheek suddenly felt like I'd been stabbed. Lasted maybe a minute. I had one other attack, felt in in my jaw along my teeth.

I know this is atypical, but I woke up at 2 AM with an attack 2 nights ago. Lasted a few minutes. Had another attack this evening. I had mild facial twitches beforehand and here I sit, experiencing more facial twitches. I have a cavity (actually several due to Sjorgren's syndrome) but my teeth are usually done for and crumble from the inside due to Sjorgren's effects on the enamel at the gumline. I had one tooth crumble with NO pain at all once. Anyway, if this were dental pain, I think it would be constant and would have manifested long ago. This comes in waves. I've never taken my full prescribed dose of Neurontin or Elavil prescribed for migraines. Worried about driving. Does that stuff really help with TN?

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Old 11-21-2015, 09:33 AM   #2
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Re: Only 4 attacks but ... 2 in the last 48 hours

Hi TNmommy38
Your symptoms do sound like TN but you need to take care of the issues with your teeth. Problems with the teeth can cause problems with your trigeminal nerve. That nerve ends in every single tooth. Infections, cavities, etc. can send the nerve into overdrive and also cause damage to the nerve. Trigeminal Neuralgia is caused by a compression of the trigeminal nerve but the same symptoms can arise from neuropathy and nerve damage.
Yes the medications that you mentioned can both help with TN pain. You need to see your dentist to start the work on your teeth and you need to see your Dr to oversee any meds, get a referral to a neurologist and have an MRI/MRA.

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