What are the symptoms?
Trigeminal neuralgia pain appears suddenly as a sharp
electrical, shocking, stinging, stabbing pain.There
is no facial numbness or weakness. It lasts for several
seconds and may repeat many times during the day.
Usually only one side of the face is affected. The
pain may last for days, weeks or months and then may
disappear for months, even years. In between the attacks
the patient is perfectly normal..
The pain is reflected from the three branches of the
trigeminal nerve. The ophthalmic branch may reflect
on the eye, forehead and nose. Maxillary pain felt
over upper teeth, gum, lip, the cheek, lower eyelid
and the side of the nose. Mandibular the third branch
affects lower teeth, gum, lower lip and the jaw.
The pain is often triggered by cold air, hot liquid,
chewing, talking, shaving, eating and a host of other
things. The triggers may vary from person to person.