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Trigeminal Neuralgia board


:wave: Hi, well I am going through a simular possible diagnosis. The doctor thinks I have Trigiminal Neuralgia and TMJ but we are not sure. I am currently on Neurontin 600mg four times a day for the Neuralgia and also take Elavil 25mg twice a day or can be taken only at night as I need it. We are also looking at Atipical facial Pain if the TMJ does not pan out. I am in the mist of going to all kinds of doctors and treatments to try to help the pain. Hang in there for me soft food or almost blended foods are what I eat to give the Jaw a rest. He also put me on Celebrex for the possible TMj. The celebrex has helped the most with the pain as it have helped as an anti-inflammatory. I am not sure if you said you were taking this or not. It helped some immediatly and is helping long term while we search for the cause of the pain. There may never be a cause we know of for sure but we keep searching or we accept and go on. Right now I am searching for a cause and for the best treatment. We will see as time goes by what it turns out to be. I am also using warm moist soaks to face and jaw. Good luck Dee
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:wave: Hi, well I am going through a simular possible diagnosis. The doctor thinks I have Trigiminal Neuralgia and TMJ but we are not sure. I am currently on Neurontin 600mg four times a day for the Neuralgia and also take Elavil 25mg twice a day or can be taken only at night as I need it. We are also looking at Atipical facial Pain if the TMJ does not pan out. I am in the mist of going to all kinds of doctors and treatments to try to help the pain. Hang in there for me soft food or almost blended foods are what I eat to give the Jaw a rest. He also put me on Celebrex for the possible TMj. The celebrex has helped the most with the pain as it have helped as an anti-inflammatory. I am not sure if you said you were taking this or not. It helped some immediatly and is helping long term while we search for the cause of the pain. There may never be a cause we know of for sure but we keep searching or we accept and go on. Right now I am searching for a cause and for the best treatment. We will see as time goes by what it turns out to be. I am also using warm moist soaks to face and jaw. Good luck Dee
Howdy, Dee! (I couldn't resist that)
I'm having a bummer day today. Yesterday was like that, too. Saw the ortho and he is so nice, and was very concerned. He's a kind man, but didn't get me any quick answers. He was at least able to find that the pain is not from my joint--at least that's OK. Suggested moist warmth compresses and a muscle relaxer, and as you said, soft food, etc. I started the muscle relaxer last night--Flexeril, I think it's called. Today I took it and I have no energy and am so sleepy.
My problem right now is that this has hit me so hard this time that I can't bear to sip anything, let alone eat. Wearing my rose colored glasses, I made myself an omelette last night--it was a no-go and I had to divide it between the dogs. My doc is switching me off Tegretol and on to Neurontin, and I think maybe the Neurontin is not going to work for me. But the thing that really gets to me is that I've never had the pain like this--and it's constant, unless I sit very still and hold my mouth in a relaxed position. Once I try to talk, or anything, that electric stab goes off in my face. I've always had pain free periods after a bad pain. An was always able to talk and drink.
Hope tomorrow's better. And hope you're doing OK, too! I may ask about the Celebrex--right now I'm just taking ibuprofen for the inflammation. I hate to take all these meds! But if I have to take them, I wish they would at least prescribe enough to be effective.
Patsy
:wave: Hang in there. I just found out today that my MRI was good of the jaw even though my doctor says it has to be TMJ.Next week I am going to see a Maxio-facial surgeon and a eye ear and nose doc. I also am having a croatid doppler done and then back to my family doc. I am in the same boat as you except the celebrex has the pain almost gone now so we know there was inflamation in that area or it would not have worked so well. I hurt for two weeks before I went to the doctor thinking it would go away. I am an RN so knew the ropes and did not want to over react to the new pain on the right side. My dentest has said I probably had TMJ two years ago so I just felt it was that. I put myself on soft or blended food due to pain. I went to the doc on the third week and that is when the celebrex was started. It took a week to get rid of the pain but now I am much improved. My family doc wants to know what it was for sure so he is sending me to all the doctors and dentists and doing tests. He will not stop till he knows what happened so I guess that is good.
The neurontin is very hard to get used to but is wonderul if you can last out the side affects. It helps my Tn and ATn on my left side and help back pain and SI pain as well. It has been a miracle drug for me. My doctor warned me I would be dopey and tired and I was all of that. it took me three to four days to be clean headed and then he would increase the dosage and I would start over with the symptoms but we final leveled off on doasge and I am fine. I am not tired or dopey and feel much better. I know it is hard to withstand the medication but it will pay of it you can tolerate it now. Only you know what you are willing to endure for pain relief. I did better since my doc let me know in advance it was a rough one to get use too.
Since you have TN, is this pain on the same side as the TN and could it be some form of this that is worse right now, or is it on a differnt side such as mine is. HOw long have you had TN? How long have you had this kind of pain? I am going on the fourth week and now have to re-think what is the matter since the TMJ MRI turrned out ok.
Have you had an MRI on this? I cant remember it you told us this or not. We are here to talk if you need us. Be sure to let us know how things are going. I am as curious of your diagnosis as you are for mine. Our pain sure sounds the same. I do know that a muscle relaxant is the drug of choice. My doc ordered celebrex instead due to so much tenderness in my face, neck jaw, and upper and lower teeth. If you do some reading on TMJ they will tell you your doc did the right thing and the warms soaks are also correct. Let me know how things are going if you are able to write some more. Dee
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Hi Dee, sorry for you that you find yourself here but welcome. I have been visiting these boards for over a year and never found anyone whose doctors thought both TMJ and TN and now suddenly here you's are. Well I don't feel like such a freak of nature now anyway. You have given some good advice for dealing with the pain. I have never been on Celebrex either but I was prescribed Aleve to stop inflammation. It helped but I had to stop due to stomach bleeding. Does Celebrex have that same effect as Aleve does?
I take Neurontin as well and would like to ask my doctor about the Celebrex as it seems to have worked so well for you. I know I have inflammation going on. Ultrasound PT helped a lot with the neck and shoulders but the jaw still feels inflamed. Isn't it possible to have TMJ and still have it not show up on an MRI? Like the muscular kind? I read that on the TMJ board; but I don't know if it is true or not. Do you clench or grind your teeth? I do and I know that is a big factor here. It sounds like you have a doctor who is going to really search for you, that is wonderful. I hope he finds the cause and do please come back and share whatever you find out. Take care, Ann
:wave: Yes, you can have both and also can have TMJ not show up on an MRI. My doc reminded me of that fact but I already knew that one too. I guess what my family doc is trying to do is rule out all other things next and also my insurance with not pay for tretment of TMJ as they feel this is only a symptom and not the root cause of the problem so it is better if they call it Atipical Facial Pain. I do not mind if they call the pain this as it helps me via the insurance.
My doc still feels it is TMJ as I have the classic symptoms for it and all the symptoms of it. The reason they are doing the croatid doppler tests is because of the area of pain down my neck is on top of the croaitd artery. He just wants to make sure we don't have two things going on here.
The celebrex is supposed to help for those who are sinsitive to asprin but it can cause stomach problems too. I find I can take this for a few weeks or a month and then have to get off it. What I do is take it till it starts to causing indigestion and bruning in the stomach. At the first signs of this occuring, I stop the medication and let my stomach rest. I have been taking celebrex for my back for several years off and on as needed. I had been off the drug when the Jaw pain started.
I went to the family doc first as I thought I had a ear infection. In fact I went twice to see if that was what was wrong. I finally confessed to the my doctor what was going on. I guess I just did not want a TMJ diagnosis or any other type of facial pain on the Trigiminal nerve.
I have had ATN and TN since I was in my 20's due to a fall while roller skating.I tucked and landing on my face right where this jaw is that is now hruting. I did this to avoid hitting my child who had scooted in front of me on purpose to make me fall. He did this because he had kept falling and I kept saying get back up and all will be fine. I had not fallen and he wanted to see how mommy looked when she feel. He did not think it would hurt me since his falls had not hurt him. He also did not know the danger he was in when he did this. I did what I had to do to keep from hurting him. I went up in the air and then landed right on the eye and jaw are of the right side. Since the nerves in the brain are crossed.... that is why my tn is on the left side.... and continous ATN too!
Hang in there....and keep eating the soft foods....and also check into the celebrex.. even if you can take if for a short time it may be enough time to cure you....the muscle relaxant should also help to relax that jaw or muscles around the jaw so you will start to feel better too. Dee