Nerve pain

There are different types of nerve pain conditions which can present with a variety of symptoms.

Neuropathic (nerve) pain conditions include:

  • Trigeminal neuralgia
    • Severe and excruciating electric shock-like pain in one of the distributions of the trigeminal nerve.
    • Triggered by touching the face or spontaneous pain. 

  • Post-Traumatic Trigeminal Neuropathies
    • Nerve pain following a traumatic injury to a branch of the trigeminal or lingual nerve; for example, after dental implants, oral surgery, wisdom teeth removal, oral biopsies, or trauma to the face. 

  • Persistent Idiopathic Facial Pain
    • Nerve pain that is not associated with any clear pathophysiology and its causes are unknown. 

  • Burning Mouth Syndrome
    • Burning and/or tingling pain in the tongue, palate, or lips in the absence of clinical and laboratory findings.

  • Other Neuralgias
    • Glossopharyngeal neuralgia.
    • Nervus intermedius neuralgia.
    • Superior laryngeal neuralgia.
    • Occipital neuralgia.
    • Post-herpetic trigeminal neuropathy.

What can be done?

Each neuropathic pain condition is treated differently with a variety of treatment modalities (medications, Botox, topical ointments, among others). A detailed interview and a thorough clinical examination is essential to yield to an accurate diagnosis and a successful treatment. 

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