Facial Trigeminal Neuralgia
Facial Trigeminal neuralgia
I am writing on behalf of my elderly mother who is 85.
She has been suffering for two years from severe pain in her teeth and tongue. Whilst the maxillo facial surgeon has diagnosed facial neuralgia, she is always insistent that she needs to see a dentist because she says her tongue is being cut or bruised by the teeth. She is on medication (Tegretol) but appears to get little if any relief. She is now unable to eat solid food - she has to live on soup or liquidised food and is becoming, understandably, very tired of the whole thing. She does not accept the diagnosis as she believes the pain is related to the teeth.
About three years ago she had a car accident and suffered whiplash and I am wondering whether this condition is a result of her accident. I am also wondering whether chiropractic treatment may offer her some relief.
We would be most grateful for your advice.
Facial pain, also sometimes known as Trigeminal neuralgia, as the Trigeminal nerve is probably the one causing her pain, can be excruciating, so I understand her unhappiness.
Chiropractic could help IF the pain is coming from the jaw joint (not the teeth), though both could be involved.
Start by reading this page: https://www.chiropractic-help.com/TMJ-anatomy.html to gain a general understanding of the region.
Then, press on three places:
* just in front of the ear, on the jaw joint. Have her open and close her mouth. Pain? Tenderness? clicking or popping?
* lower down on the side of the jaw, on the masseter muscle.
* on the side of the head on the Temporalis muscle.
If any of these areas are particularly painful, then there is hope. It's a TMJ condition, and it usually responds to careful chiropractic management.
But, not every chiropractor works with the TMJ. You will have to start shopping around for a chiro who works with the jaw joint.
I hope this has contributed. Let me know how you get on in a few weeks.
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