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    What are the symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia?

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    Kerry Read

    Physiotherapist

    Headline Physiotherapy for the Head Neck and Jaw deals specifically with TMJ Facial Pain Headache Migraine and other musculoskeletal issues involving the cranial area. All … View Profile

    The main quality which separates Trigeminal Neuralgia from other types of facial pain is the intensity of it. It has been described as sharp, burning, stabbing, lancinating, electric shock - the worst possible pain. I have seen many patients who would agree to that. It is usually only on one side and comes on in a flash- sometimes as a response to light touch, the faintest breeze on the face, sometimes from a movement. It can last for as little as a second and as much as a few hours. It doesn't seem to come on gradually or build up from an ache to a pain, although some people develop an awareness that it's going to happen. It can happen very occasionally or daily for some poor people.

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