Facial Pain

Do you know what facial pain feel like? When you have pain which is feel lightning-like in few seconds or minutes while you chew or talk, probably you suffer with facial pain.

There are so many varieties of causes and wide variety of structure which can produce a painful sensation in the face (facial pain). Acute sinusitis may become one of the causes.

Facial pain itself also has several syndromes. The most common of severe facial pain syndrome is trigeminal neuralgia, or tic douloureux.

Through this article, we would like to give you information about facial pain diagnosis and other relevant subjects.

Facial Pain Diagnosis
When you have pain in the face, it can be developed from several causes. Therefore, the diagnosis can be difficult. Usually, there are seven way of approaches to diagnose the pain in the face.

The approaches are as follows:

1.Localization of the pain
2.Time pattern of the pain

In this approach, your doctor will ask you about several topics regarding the pain. They are:

  • Onset (sudden or gradual)
  • Distribution of the pain (day, night, random)
  • Course and progression (constant, paroxysmal-recurrent, slowly/rapidly progressive)
  • Duration of the pain
  • Quality
  • Intensity
  • Precipitating and alleviating factors
  • Associated symptoms and signs

Based on the result of the approaches, your doctor would be able to choose the most appropriate investigations regarding to your face pain.

Neuralgia Characteristics
When your face pain strikes, does it has these characteristics?

  • Aching
  • Burning
  • Sudden
  • Intense
  • Sharp
  • Lancinating (lightning-like)
  • Stabbing pain
  • Lasting from a few seconds to less than two minutes
  • Happening repeatedly within short periods of time

The pain characteristics above strongly suggests as neuralgia since they are often triggered by mechanical stimuli or sensory.

Kinds of Neuralgia
There are several kinds of neuralgia which cause facial pain. The most common neuralgia is trigeminal neuralgia or tic douloureux.

Other examples of neuralgia which causes facial pain are as follows:

  • Glossopharyngeal neuralgia
  • Nervus intermedius neuralgia
  • Superior laryngeal neuralgia
  • Nasociliary neuralgia
  • Supraorbital neuralgia
  • Occipital neuralgia

In our next article, we would give you general information about trigeminal neuralgia as the most common of severe facial pain syndrome.

Kindly remember to consult with your doctor and other healthcare professionals to get a better knowledge and information about facial pain and how it is diagnosed. This article is not intended to be the only source of information about facial pain.

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