Facial pain may be a result of several conditions. Temporomandibular joint disorder is not an uncommon cause of facial pain. Disorders of nerve plexuses in our skull such as the trigeminal ganglion may also result in facial pain while some headache disorders may also manifest with facial pain. These conditions, although rare, can wreck havoc in a person’s life when they do occur.
Trigeminal neuralgia is a chronic pain condition that affects the trigeminal nerve, which carries sensation from majority of your face to your brain. This nerve can be affected by an abnormality in the blood vessels of the cranium or may get affected by the shingles virus. Pain from this condition comes in short bursts but can be intense and often leaves areas of the face with sensitivity to even non painful stimulation such as gentle touch or chewing.
Treatments for facial pain or trigeminal neuralgia start with a medical review at Texas Pain Intervention Clinic. Our patient treatment options include interventional treatments and medication management. Trigeminal nerve blocks, radiofrequency neurotomy of the trigeminal nerve, peripheral nerve stimulation, or other surgical procedure can be performed.