I'm wondering if I have Trigeminal Neuralgia?
The pains started Monday night...feels like someone stabbing a hypodermic needle into my skull. Excruciating.
For the first three days, the stabs lasted for about 1-3 seconds with pain-free intervals of 10 seconds to two minutes, constant all day.
I had some relief yesterday with pains occurring about every 15 minutes but, last night they came back with a vengeance and this morning they are about 30 seconds apart lasting for about 5 seconds each time.
Saw a Dr. Tuesday. She saw fluid in my ears and prescribed antibiotics and gave me Fexmid. The Fexmid had no effect so, the next day I went back and she gave me Skelaxin and Flector patches. Obviously I couldn't put the patches on my scalp, over my hair and put it as near my scalp line as possible - no effect, nor from the Skelaxin.
Last night I tried a heating pad - no effect. It hurt so bad, I was pounding my head and pulling my hair!
At 11pm I took a hydrocodone which usually knocks me out for a day and a half - I fell asleep but, woke up at 6am with excruciating pains.
Today there is also a sort of 'burning' sensation and tightness in the area that won't go away.
Just called the Dr. and am going back this morning for ????
Does this sound like TN to any of you?
I have had TMJ disorder for years and had a real bad flare-up on the other side last year.
What a terrible design flaw - to place major nerves in the area of the jaw!!!!
Can anyone offer help or advice????