typical Trigeminal Neuralgia
According to Wikipedia “Atypical trigeminal neuralgia (ATN), or type 2 trigeminal neuralgia, is a form of trigeminal neuralgia, a disorder of the fifth cranial nerve. This form of nerve pain is difficult to diagnose, as it is rare and the symptoms overlap with several other disorders. The symptoms can occur in addition to having migraine headache or can be mistaken for migraine alone, or dental problems such as temporomandibular joint disorder or musculoskeletal issues. ATN can have a wide range of symptoms and the pain can fluctuate in intensity from mild aching to a crushing or burning sensation, and also to the extreme pain experienced with the more common trigeminal neuralgia.
TRIGEMINAL NEURALGIA SYMPTOMS:
- Extreme episodes of shooting pain similar to electric shocks.
- Spasms of pain that last from seconds to minutes.
- Intermittent spasms of mild pain.
- Pain in the gums, teeth, jaw, and forehead.
- periods of pain which can be provoked by chewing, talking or gentle touching of the face.
- Pain can be on one side or both sides of the face.
- Some patients experience numbness in the face prior to the pain starting.