Trigeminal neuralgia herpes zoster

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trigeminal-neuralgia

I have recently been diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia but my symptoms are not really like I have seen on the internet. I do not have sharp, cutting or electric like pains that last for a few seconds. I have a very painful aching sensation that will last for 1 hour or longer. I have been on carbamazepine 200 mg for 3 weeks and while the pain is a lot better I am still in almost constant aching pain. Is this normal and will the carbamazepine eventually work?
Would someone who has Trigeminal Neuralgia please help me out with the progression of this condition. For about a week now - I have numbness above my left eye that seems to have gotten worse everyday - first my eyebrow, then my forehead and now my skull. I have a low grade headache at times and when I lift my eyebrow, pain shoots up my forehead and skull, although not intense pain. I went to see my PCP and he thinks it is Trigeminal Neuralgia and wants to do an MRI.
While herpes zoster should certainly be considered, a detailed history and exam will help in making the diagnosis.
Geniculate neuralgia may also develop following herpes zoster oticus (Ramsey Hunt syndrome), where cold sores occur on the ear drum or ear. This condition is usually associated with facial paresis (weakness), tinnitus, vertigo and deafness. Hope this helps.
[1][2][3][4] Some other causes of optic neuritis include infection (e.g. syphilis, Lyme disease, herpes zoster), autoimmune disorders (e.g. lupus), inflammatory bowel disease, drug induced (e.g. chloramphenicol, ethambutol) vasculitis and diabetes...........
Tried Acylcovar, Lysine for herpes zoster. Nothing has really helped. Now suggesting an MRI with contrast to see if a vascular problem there. Also thinks I have arthritis of the "joint" at the inner corner of my eye. In the meantime, my left eye is bothering me so much: upper lid particularly swollen, and swollen underneath, too (this morning the inner corner of both looked so full of fluid I could pop it with a pin), and hurting, burning.
Anxiety and panic attacks, food allergies, diseases affecting the nervous tissue like herpes zoster due to reactivation of a chicken pox virus in trigeminal roots or cervical nerves, Lyme disease, trigeminal neuralgia, epilepsy, guillian barre syndrome, multiple sclerosis, tabes dorsalis or syphilitic myelopathy, metabolic causes like hypo and hyper calcemia, hypo and hyper kalemia, B1, B6 and B 12 deficiency, hypoglycemia in diabetics, chronic alcoholics, stroke and transient ischemic attac
The second Neurologist felt that I have Trigeminal Neuralgia and gave me Elavil. However, I have not tried this yet, since I may be pregnant. I have tried electrical stimulation on the back of my head/neck, which was very sensitive on the left side only. I also had a nerve block done yesterday, which had no positive effect. I am unsure whether this is a Neuralgia, migraine, both or something else.
All tests(MRI, EEG, X-ray and Blood) were normal. The second Neurologist felt that I have Trigeminal Neuralgia and gave me Elavil. However, I have not tried this yet, since I may be pregnant. I have tried electrical stimulation on the back of my head/neck, which was very sensitive on the left side only. I also had a nerve block done yesterday, which had no positive effect. I am unsure whether this is a Neuralgia, migraine, both or something else.
All tests(MRI, EEG, X-ray and Blood) were normal. The second Neurologist felt that I have Trigeminal Neuralgia and gave me Elavil. However, I have not tried this yet, since I may be pregnant. I have tried electrical stimulation on the back of my head/neck, which was very sensitive on the left side only. I also had a nerve block done yesterday, which had no positive effect. I am unsure whether this is a Neuralgia, migraine, both or something else.
Hi there. Tingling and numbness in head could be because of herpes zoster, post herpetic neuralgia, lyme disease, trigeminal neuralgia, systemic diseases like multiple sclerosis, epilepsy or immune disorders like guillian syndrome, anxiety and panic attack, syphilitic myelopathy, stroke and transitional ischemic attacks.
They have now diagnosed me as having Trigeminal Neuralgia and Herpes Zoster Keratoconjunctivitis. I am on Vicoden, Valtrax, Gabopinten, Indomethacin and a boat load of other drugs. My question is this. If this never gets any better...will I be able to continue working? I am scared to death of not being able to do my job as I have devoted my life to helping the sick. Any insite would be greatly appriciated.
The other thing is that i have developed herpes zoster on my belly to my right side. I am taking Zoviax tablets three days now. I would like to know what causes Billirubin & how to treat it?
I don't know about the mouth and tongue pain, but eye pain and decreased vision means you definitely need to see an ophthalmologist right away. One possibility is trigeminal neuralgia or possibly even herpes zoster.
Face pain can be due to various causes like nerve disorder, injury or an infection in a facial structure. Certain causes are an abscessed tooth, cluster headache, herpes zoster, injury to the face, migraine, myofascial pain syndrome, sinusitis and trigeminal neuralgia. Also, need to check temperomandibular joint dysfunction syndrome. Trigeminal neuralgia can cause facial pain, pain comes and goes and feels like sharp, bursts of sharp stabbing electric shocks.
The MD i saw mentioned trigeminal neuralgia, but I am a nurse and I am not convinced that this is the correct diagnosis. Any ideas what this could be?
The typical one sided rash and pain occur with Shingles, also known as Herpes Zoster or Zoster. It is a medical condition characterized by the development of painful blisters on the skin. Zoster is caused by the 'Varicella Zoster Virus' which is also responsible for causing chickenpox. The virus can lie dormant and can get reactivated at intervals producing symptoms. Hence there is no permanent cure.
a neurologist can determine if trigeminal neuralgia or occipital neuralgia is causing the scalp pain. The eye pain and ear pain are probably so-called "referred pains"; once the major issue is under control, the eye and ear pains will probably diminish.
It could represent temporal arteritis, TIA, trigeminal neuralgia, or herpes zoster to name a few. Sandy T. Feldman, M.D., M.S.
Hi there. This could be due to herpes zoster or shingles, lyme disease, multiple sclerosis, metabolic causes like hypo and hypercalcemia, hypo and hyper magnesemia, guillain barre syndrome trigeminal neuralgia , food allergies, panic attacks, hypoglycemia etc. You need to seek a neurologist who would want certain blood tests like CBC, calcium, magnesium, TSH, glucose, BUN/creatinine, HGA1C, ESR, vitamin B12, chest xray. EMG, NC study. Treatment would include treating the underlying cause.
This could be secondary to the herpes virus, could be a form of trigeminal neuralgia, or due to a problem in the brainstem, which is the lower part of the brain. I can not determine from the history alone which of these is possible, but the MRI will help. Wish I could be more specific.
Hi angdon, you need to be investigated for trigeminal neuralgia and temporal arteritis. Trigeminal neuralgia is a nerve disorder that causes a stabbing electric shock like pain in parts of face. Various possible causes are multiple sclerosis and pressure on the nerve from a swollen blood vessel. Pain may be triggered by touch, sounds, chewing and light touch on face. Certain blood tests, MRI brain and trigeminal reflex testing apart from a neurological examination are required.
I have been diagnosed finally last saturday with a viral sinus infection caused by the herpes zoster virus and diagnosed with maxillary sinus infection by another net just before Xmas.....I have had this since late summer of 2011... Had nothing like this before....went to a regular doctor in the summer..nothing there...
There are a number of conditions which can be associated with the symptoms you describe including herpes infections of the eye, herpes zoster or simplex, changes that occur with diabetes, trigeminal neuralgia, tumors, prior irradiation treatment, incomplete eyelid closure,and trauma of the eye. However, a complete eye examination should be performed to determine the cause of his symptoms. I would recommend that he continue to seek an eyeMD care if his symptoms persist. Dr. Feldman Sandy T.
Hi there. The causes for pain in face are an abscess in tooth, cluster headache, herpes zoster or simplex, facial injury, migraine, myofascial pain syndrome, sinusitis but has been ruled out by endoscopy, tic douloureux, or tempero mandibular joint dysfunction syndrome etc. You can consider these options with your neurologist, though trigeminal neuralgia is a fair possibility. treatment would include painkillers, tricyclic anti depressants etc. Hope this helps. Take care.
The most obvious causes, when they are present, are dermatitis or inflammatory disorders of the skin such as herpes zoster, pediculosis, tinea capitis, infected sebaceous cyst, and impetigo. In cases of temporal arteritis, the sensation may be more subtle. Tenderness can also be referred in cases of trigeminal neuralgia, sinusitis, otitis media, mastoiditis, and disorders of the teeth. You should consult a physician to assess your symptoms.
Do you know if your were screened for shingles (Herpes Zoster)? It is possible to have shingles without a rash. Shingles can affect any nerve in the body and can cause a rash, pain, including shooting or stabbing pain, itching and or tingling anywhere along the nerve path it affects. If it affects the trigeminal nerve it can cause symptoms and sometimes serious complications in the eye, ear, face, mouth, nose, or jaw.
Presumably, the tests have ruled out what is usually considered serious disease, such as herpes zoster infection and a variety of tumors that can occur in proximity to the ear, at the base of the skull. If there truly is no evidence of fluid or other physical abnormalities, neuralgia or neuritis might be worthy of consideration.
Shingles or herpes zoster causes numbness on one side of the head. It is often accompanied with a belt of red patches and painful blisters that dry and crust over and get cured on their own in 3-4 weeks. Other accompanying signs and symptoms of shingles are fever, vision, headache and difficulty in hearing and altered tasting. The underlying factor is the reactivation of chicken pox virus that stays in the nerve roots in a dormant state.
The pains in my face were excruciating and at first felt like trigeminal neuralgia (this paid has been going away over time). I had terrible night sweats for the first several weeks and lost weight, but no fever and no noticable lymph node swelling. I am lightheaded all the time and have bad tinnitis (worse when other symptoms are worse). I have examined myself over and over. I did not have any classic first outbreak of any lesions at all.
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