Atypical Facial Pain Treatments
For your information, facial pain has raised problems in the medical world because of the difficulty in diagnosis. Misdiagnosed frequently happens and results in unnecessary treatments. For this reason, “The Great Impostor” was labeled to this syndrome.
Continuing our previous article about Atypical Facial Pain, now we give you information about Atypical Facial Pain treatments, prediction along with the complication and prevention.
To refresh your mind about this pain, you may see the characteristics of Atypical Facial Pain below:
- Patient feels pain over the lower jaw, cheek, upper lip, or jaw
- Pain lasts for hours, days, or even weeks
- Aching, burning, shooting accompanied by reddening of the skin
- Watering of the nose
There are many kinds of treatments for Atypical Facial Pain, such as medications, psychological treatments and physical treatments (acupuncture and nerve stimulation).
Nevertheless, a small number of Atypical Facial Pain patients have a poor reaction to all kinds of treatments. Surely this would be a disappointment for both patients and clinician.
A lot of patients have had consultations with high variety of specialists, experienced many unsuccessful treatments and surgical investigations which have perplexed the symptoms and diagnosis.
Therefore, a holistic and multidisciplinary approach would be needed in order to improve quality of life of the patient and relieve the pain too.
The examples of patient management to treat with the pain are as follows:
- The use of medications, such as antidepressant or anticonsulvant drugs
- Physical therapy
- Psychological counseling
- Alternative pain management, such as acupuncture or biofeedback
- Surgical procedures only when highly necessary
Prediction and Complication
As we have written above, medications may eliminate the pain. Nonetheless, whatever the methods and kinds of treatments, usually they only reduce the intensity of the symptoms and the subsequent pain related disability.
In certain cases, the pain will remain in a lifetime.
Most importantly, complications which are destructive for the patient’s nerves should be avoided.
Sufficient dose of local anesthesia during surgical procedures might be useful to prevent sensitization of patient’s central nervous system pain. Good postoperative pain control might be useful to prevent the onset of chronic pain.
Kindly remember to consult with your doctor, clinicians and other healthcare professionals to get a better knowledge and information about the treatments of Atypical Facial Pain.
Please bear in mind, this article is not intended to be the only source of information about Atypical Facial Pain.