After suffering severe pain on right lower side of my face for about a month, I've been diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia. I suffered an episode last spring, but after two weeks it passed. Then just before Christmas it came back, only much more painful.
At first I thought it was tooth ache, saw my dentist, who took X-Ray. He could find nothing wrong, but prescribed a weeks course of antibiotics in case there was infection.
During this time I was taking pain killers like sweets, but nothing helped. I went back to the dentist a week later. He said there was nothing he could do, and advised me to get a second opinion, and seek private specialist help.
I had to take my granddaughter to the doctor, and whilst there mentioned the pain I was experiencing. She prescribed stronger pain killers, but said I needed to see a dentist.
I saw a new dentist for a second opinion, she also could find no cause for the pain, which was still bad. It also wakes me during the night.
It was then, thankfully that my husband did a bit of research and came up with Trigeminal Neuralgia. After much persuasion I went back to the GP. I saw a different doctor, and after listing my symptoms, he said it sounded as though I had Trigeminal Neuralgia.
I have been prescribed Amitriptyline, to see if it helps. He did name other drugs, but said he'd like to try this first.
I wondered if anyone else had used this med to treat this condition, and what else I could do to help? At its most painful it reduces me to tears, it's like a stabbing electric shock, and lasts between a couple of minutes to 15 minutes, then in between I experience a dull throbbing.
I'm not sleeping well, can't eat without pain. The painful episodes are becoming more frequent. Any advise would be gratefully received.