Signs and Symptoms of Trigeminal Neuralgia

While many conditions have overlapping symptoms, Trigeminal Neuralgia symptoms can be quite distinct and are specific to the facial area. Pain triggers can be unpredictable and may be as simple as a small breeze coming through a window to eating your dinner. For some patients, the first sign of Trigeminal Neuralgia may seem so strange that they may go to the dentist, thinking they have a toothache. This seems like a natural choice because there is no apparent explanation other than the feeling of pain in the jaw. 

For other patients with TN, their pain seems to have begun after a painful disruption around the area of the face, for example, post dental surgery, a traumatic blow to the face, or after a car accident. Still, other patients have indicated that the onset of pain seems to ”come out of nowhere” although it is likely the condition was developing before any spontaneous pain is first felt.

Lady Having Tooth Pain

Trigeminal Neuralgia  Symptoms include: 

  •  Facial pain triggered by everyday facial movements such as grooming tasks. 
  •  Pain sensation varies from seconds to a few minutes.
  •  Pain is described as stabbing or shooting, sharp or throbbing, or burning. 
  •  Pain is unpredictable from several episodes a day or a week to none at all.  
  •  Both pain and episodes of pain increases with time.
  • Pain tends to affect only one side of the face but may affect both sides, known as Bilateral Trigeminal Neuralgia.


By Any Other Name, It’s Still Pain

Trigeminal Neuralgia is also known as Tic Doulouqreux (which mean ‘painful’ in French) because TN pain may cause some patients to develop a ‘tic’ as in an uncontrollable facial twitching.


© 2018 Dr.Patrick Giammarise, DC, All Rights Reserved.