Facial pain is a common phenomenon that can be felt in any part of the face including the eyes and mouth. While most cases are triggered by a headache or injury, facial pain can also be the result of a more serious condition including infection or nerve damage. Chronic facial pain, or trigeminal neuralgia, is a disorder that is related to the trigeminal nerve which runs from the base of brain to the face. Individuals with this condition may experience an extreme burning or an electric shock-like pain sensation which is usually limited to one side of the face. Fortunately, this condition can be managed with a combination of different treatments including medication, injections and surgery.
From minor problems to serious conditions, facial pain can be caused by a number of different reasons. Fortunately, patients can expect the facial pain symptoms to subside once a specific diagnosis is made and a treatment plan is prescribed. Some common causes of facial pain may include:
The type of facial pain symptoms you may experience depends on the cause. However, individuals with this condition may feel some of the following symptoms:
A doctor can recommend the type of treatment option you need after determining the cause. In most cases, non-surgical treatments may be all that is needed to relieve symptoms. However, there are some circumstances where surgical intervention may be required. Here are some treatment options for facial pain:
When you visit Dr. Lewis at Jackson Neurosurgery Clinic, he can help you identify the underlying cause of your facial pain and determine which treatment option is right for you. Taking into consideration what nerves are involved, your general health and ultimately what your preferences are, he can create a tailored treatment program that targets the specific condition and send you on the road to recovery. He has been treating trigeminal neuralgia since 1989 and has taught several courses on it to other neurosurgeons. At JNC we offer a comprehensive program for face pain that includes medications, micro vascular decompression of the trigeminal nerve, gamma knife radiosurgery, and cortical brain stimulation.
Contact us today to learn more about face pain or to schedule a consultation. We’ll find a solution that works for you. Call us at (601) 366-1011.