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What are the symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia?
Symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia include an acute onset of sharp, stabbing
pain to one side of the face. It tends to begin at the angle of the jaw and
radiate along the junction lines; between the ophthalmic branchV1 and maxillary
branch V2, or the maxillary branch V2 and the mandibular branch V3.
The pain is severe and described as an electric shock. It may be made worse
by light touch, chewing, or cold exposure in the mouth. In the midst of an
attack, affected individuals shield their face trying to protect it from being touched. This
is an important diagnostic sign because with many other pain syndromes like a
person will rub or hold the face to ease the pain.
While there may be only one attack of pain, the person may experience
recurrent sharp pain every few hours or every few seconds. Between the attacks,
the pain resolves completely and the the person has no symptoms. However, because
of fear that the intense pain might return, people can be quite distraught.
Trigeminal neuralgia tends not to occur when the person is asleep, and this
differentiates it from migraines, which often waken the
After the first episode of attacks, the pain may subside for months or years
but there is always the risk that trigeminal neuralgia will recur without