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This summer I was overseas and one of the doctors suggested that it might be trigeminal neuralgia. I started taking Tygretol. First, taking even one pill (200 mg) helped. I was really happy though after Tygretol my face feels kind of numb and I have some other side effects. After about a month I had to increase the dosage to two pills as one pill was not working anymore. After another month to three pills. And now to four. This is kind of scary.
For the past few weeks I have been throwing around ideas as to the best way to respond to this matter. You see a recent article ( Feb.3 , 2009 NY times) titled "Best treatment for TMJ May be Nothing" nearly made me clench my jaw to pieces. While well written, I found that the author, Ms. Brody, relied heavily on out dated and narrow perspective supplied to her by a small group of dentists.
Medication/Treatment History Primary care physician said possible trigeminal neuralgia. Prescribed Gabapentin, Oxcarbazephine, Sumatriptan. Medications enhanced symptoms and had discomforting side effects, no longer taking these meds. Saw ENT who prescribed Amitriptyline, med only helps with going to sleep, still taking this med. Had MRI w/o contrast that showed no problem. Saw ENT that found no problems from looking in my ear and nose.
I suffer from Atypcial Trigeminal Neuralgia, Atypical Odontalgia, and Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome. And I pray that you don't have any of what I have. scottma is right. When you choose orofacial pain specialist (dentist who is specializing in TMD and Atypical toothpain), make sure that he/she is familiar with Atypical Odontalgia. Majorities of orofacial pain specialists are not familiar with neuropathic pain, which would trouble you.
Since you describe most of your pain as being in your head, you might consider reading about occipital neuralgia. The most common neuralgia is trigeminal and you'll find many references to it on the web. Here are a few site you can start with: http://www.umanitoba.ca/cranial_nerves/other/index.html http://facial-neuralgia.org/conditions/conditions.html#face Unfortunately, neuralgia can't be treated by over-the-counter pain medications. Most are treated by anti-seizure medications.
If it were pain it would be a classic description of a severe and painful condition called Trigeminal Neuralgia. I was taught that some people who will develop full-blown Trigeminal Neuralgia will have a period of months to years beforehand when they just have "odd" sensations in the nerve, such as both of you describe. Here is a discussion of this: http://www.umanitoba.ca/cranial_nerves/trigeminal_neuralgia/manuscript/anatomy.
You might want to keep a food diary and a migraine diary, and see if there's any correlation. Trigeminal neuralgia can also cause horrible headaches, and is treatable with certain anticonvulsant drugs. For the constipation and diarrhea, increase your fiber intake. Eat any fruits other than bananas and apples, or go get a fiber supplement at the local pharmacy (I use the CVS version of Benefiber, which dissolves very nicely and doesn't taste like anything).
It is especially known for one of the most painful of all, called Trigeminal Neuralgia (neuralgia = nerve pain). This is a condition in which the nerve that brings back sensation signals from the face to the brain is damaged and sends excrutiating pain signals back. The first line drug to try is carbamazepine. I used it for TN and it was VERY effective. Gabapentin (Neurontin) was one of the next meds tried and found to be useful.
A nasal steroid spray is also beneficial as well as oral steroids. Nasal saline irrigations over the counter like NeilMed or Neti pot are very effective. The best diagnosis for this problem is a CT of the sinuses. Surgery is recommended to patients that fail maximal medical treatment. Hope this helped and do keep us posted.
Tramadol is used to treat moderate and severe pain and most types of neuralgia, including trigeminal neuralgia.[citation needed] It has been suggested that tramadol could be effective for alleviating symptoms of depression and anxiety because of its action on GABAergic, noradrenergic and specifically serotonergic systems. However, health professionals have not yet endorsed its use on a large scale for disorders such as this.
The one wrench in this is I had Trigeminal Neuralgia about 7 years ago. And then a case of severe vertigo a couple of years later. But no other symptoms with either of these. The ON and the decline in my walking. This doctor is the one that brought up PPMS because of my decline and few lesions. Then he had a personality change and was not very nice. So it has left much frustration and confusion.
even my heating pad).I have had several issues of Trigeminal Neuralgia, bladder and bowel incontince, cognitive problems, etc. I've had swallowing issues too. For a week and a half I choked a lot. My latest MS clinic seems to be a good one. I drove three hours and ended up seeing the director of the clinic. A older man who is well known in research (I thought I was going to see my regular doc?) Anyway, he said it wouldn't be wise to start on treatment when they weren't sure.
But, Why is she maintaining that MS does not cause neuropathic pain?????? It is one of the main sources of pain in MS. That's what Trigeminal Neuralgia and, I gather PTN, is, for heavens sake! Neuropathic pain is a major deal in MS! Your lady neuro sounds like a closed-minded and not-to-well-informed dufus. A quote from my bible of MS, "Several distinct pain syndromes occur in MS patients.
You may e-mail me at ***@**** = This is not typical of trigeminal neuralgia, but the treatment approach is related. Your case certainly seems complex, and you have tried many medications without effect. I think the best approach for a doctor to take would be to be sure that those medications that were tried were really given a systematic and thorough trial. I find that the failures of medications sometimes are more related to doctors and atients giving up before an adequate dose is reached.
I asked my Dr. for it and he denied. Then I traveled overseas and bought it over the counter. I took a 14 days treatment, and for the first time in the last three years I felt well.
These drs specialize in alleviating head pain, for whatever reason, i.e. migraine, tmj, trigeminal neuralgia, etc. You did not say where you live but I know in the US that there are only a few and the wait list can be months. She needs to drink as much water as she can as dehydration can also be a factor, especially if she is not eating well. This can cause blood pressure drops, especially on standing. There is a neuro that checks this site pretty regularly.
I use a pain med. because the over the counter things did not work. Even thepain meds didn't alleviate it but it helped keep it bearable. DRINK LOS OF WATER! Try to remember to keep up the water intake, I find if you forget the water, sides get worse. I have a very hard time having any desire to eat also, one rememdy is to get yourself some whey protein powder you can mix up with milk, they have a variety of flavors. That way you are getting the protein you need at least.
I was diagnosed in 93 but other than having to keep my seizures under control my disease was DORMANT until 2006 when I presented with Trigeminal Neuralgia which was also misdiagnosed as Paratrigeminal Neuralgia which with treatment should disappear after a few months...mine didn't. I am really glad that you are comfortable with your neuro and want to believe what he said but in all honesty, a second opinion is a must.
My doctor finally diagnosed them as Trigeminal Neuralgia as they were diminishing. I had lost 20lbs during this period and I was skinny to begin with. I also had many sleepless nights during that period. You might want to check this site "http://www.tna-support.org/" I'd be interested to know if your symptoms match. My doctor gave me some major pain relievers for the headaches. I also used Ativan, which helped with anxiety which allowed me sleep better.
Oh, boy, you really did a pretty nice treatment form a doc with no bedside manner. He really reached you, didn't he? People have given you good advice. you will likely go through a whirlwind of emotions, but as ess has said, you will likely deal with this news like you have dealt with other big issues in your life. I will take on interpreting the MRI request, which I found fascinating. I have a theory on the meaning of the use of the term "Cranial Nerve Protocol.
I have increased my exercise, eat better, have eliminated caffeine, and stayed away from over the counter drugs...and am aware that when my asthma acts up some of the medications are going to make the PVCs worse, but my asthma doc has been good about experimenting with asthma meds to find a combination that will be less likely to aggravate the tachycardia and PVCs...he is just happy it is not a dangerous heart condition...he was the one that was most worried when it became so persistent.
AS TO STEROIDS, I ALREADY HAVE OSTEOPENIA (THE FORERUNNER TO OSTEOPOROSIS) AND DON'T NEED TO LOSE ANY CALCIUM. HIGH DOSES OF OVER -THE -COUNTER MEDS SUCH AS ADVIL DO TAKE THE EDGE OFF THE PAIN, BUT I DON'T TAKE THEM REGULARLY BECAUSE THEY CAN BE TOUGH ON THE ORGANS. SOONER OR LATER I'LL HAVE TO DEAL WITH THESE THINGS BUT FOR NOW I'M AVOIDING THE WHOLE ISSUE.
skin dieases - rashes, acne; psoriasis; etc; a chronic pain condition called trigeminal neuralgia that was unsuccessfully treated with gamma knife radiation, killing the nerve and resulting in the need for daily opioids (opana/oxycontin; oxycodone; nucynta), and some other minor issues as well. You'd think with all these health problems that I would be highly motivated to watch my diet closely and work out regularly, but the opposite is true.
The symptoms of ringing in your ears and violent head shocks associated with visual changes are of unclear etiology, but I would consider trigeminal neuralgia, seizure disorder and possible tumor as likely causes. Trigeminal neuralgia is a condition that causes shocks of pain down one side of the face and is often triggered by contact with skin of the face or sensation around the teeth. This is often treated with medications such as tegretol.
They felt bruised to the touch. The pain in my arms and legs was very severe. I took over the counter pain meds like candy. I also was very tired, and had what I refer to as sore taste buds on my tongue. My doctor told me my injections would be forever. My Schillings test was negative as was everything else. I took injections for many years. It took about 6 months for all the pain and other symptoms to totally disappear.
There I invite you to tell us all about the Trigeminal Neuralgia, the tinnitus, the BSER, the fatigue and any other stuff that you are starting to think might be related. Here is the link to our main page. or you can go to the bottom of this page and click on "Return to Forum." http://www.medhelp.org/forums/Multiple-Sclerosis-Support/wwwboard.html People won't find you here and you deserve a discussion of your own.
the pain is awful but you mentioned 2 things, mucinex which I have to say does help with my brain fog but I take it for allergies that the tests say I don't have but I swear something is stuck in my head like cotton candy and mucinex does help not sure about it helping Fibro in general but it is harmless (as far as any over the counter med is) my question to you and others is Methadone??? I have an impossible time getting any pain relief and never heard of methadone for Fibro???
I currently just treat the symptoms as they come with the help of my PCP. I take Gabapentin for trigeminal neuralgia, zanaflex for spasticity, nuvigil for fatigue and Vit D3 for deficiency. I have an appt with the University of Iowa in late November. Won't get my hopes up. =) My mobility is getting worse, which scares me, it's hard taking care of 4 kids some days. Hope all is well with everyone.
Could be meds, stress ('up there' recently, 'keeping a job-related', w/ 3 college kids), but not aspartame as I don't drink soda. I take neurontin for trigeminal neuralgia, and the IBP for sacroililiac / arthritic type pain. Other than that, healthy, but a little overweight now due to inactivity related to back issues. Dang, sounds bad.... Any help is appreciated. Anyone else on statin-type drugs having 'hot spots'. (sounds like a pet's issue, ha!
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