I went through similar tooth pain–I found a dentist that agreed to pull my upper teeth. I had had several root canals without relief. So the oral surgeon pulled the teeth and I had a full upper denture made. The tooth pains stopped somewhat, but the ear ache , cheek ache, and jaw aches didn’t go away.
Then I went to some neurologists–and finally saw Dr. Alksne in San Diego, Ca. At the time I lived in California and he was recommended by phone by the staff of Dr. Janetta in Pittsburgh. Dr. J and Dr. A are the tops in the field of Trigeminal Neuralgia.
I had the decompression surgery, and it helped a lot. The surgery has a high success rate–unfortunately I am one of the ones that didn’t get a 100% cure. What it did stop was the cheek pain. It’s livable now though.
I have discovered through the years though that wind and fans are what cause me the most pain. I stay indoors most of the time–and avoid fans! I used to think that if I wore a scarf to “protect” my face that it would help–but just the opposite would happen. Everyone has different triggers, though.
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