Sorry you are suffering like this. I too was suffering with something similar when I first found this site. Mine was on my left side of face and in my gums like you explained. I found it difficult to sleep, eat, brush my teeth, etc..It was the worst pain I had ever felt. It drove me insane. I went to dentists, oral surgeon, PCP, and now I finally have appt with a neurologist soon. I had a tooth pulled thinking it was pushing on a nerve but no relief. It continued to get worse. My PCP diagnosed it as TN and prescribed Topamax and on Day 10 of taking this I finally had relief, actually a big turn around. Somethings that helped for me was to try relaxing my jaw because when I tensed it, it got worse. I used hot compresses on face. I used hot towels and wrapped around base of neck. I had to take deep breaths to calm myself down when it was pulsating and shocking me. I know that can be hard when its full blown. I drank alot of water and took B vitamins. I stopped drinking caffeine. I had Lidocaine cream prescribed and used that on gums and face to numb it. It helped me but some say it didn't help them. I read everything I could about TN until i drove myself crazy. I hope you get the relief you need. There is alot of support online.
Originally Posted by scherrie
I have been experiencing some of the most VIOLENT pulsating electrical shock like pain in my gums..It started about 2 months ago. I had a tooth on top that was sore to the touch but didn't have tooth ache with it other than it was sore to push on. I went to the dentist and she said something about the ligaments that connect the tooth to the bone was receding and it had to come out. Well I opted with an oral surgeon so I could be sedated because of my dental phobia..(embarrassed)..So I had the tooth extracted with no problem. I thought this was gonna take care of the electrifying shock I was experiencing. I figured my nerve was exposed was why I was having this pain.
5 days later, OMG that violent pain came back...I have cried and cried. Now I'm thinking it has to be another tooth! This pain comes with no warning and it is so violent that I told my husband please keep your guns locked up because I am afraid If I had access to one I would kill myself. I am terrified beyond belief because I have never had pain like this in my life, I am living in fear, just fearing the next episode. When it happens I jump and start running screaming and holding my mouth in hopes putting pressure on the area will make it stop...I have not been diagnosed with TN and just ran across and article that fit my description to a T....I told my oral surgeon about this but he didn't really say anything about it other than hmmm.....Just need some advice and someone to talk to....I can't quit crying for fear...