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Old 05-30-2019, 12:42 PM   #1
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Hi! My left temple has been hurting for over a year now. The trigger of the pain is a light touch along the hairline, similar to the symptoms described in the older thread on this forum titled "Sensitive/Painful to touch skin on my right temple" (you may find it via the search option as the system didn't allow me to paste the link to that thread in my post here). Using a hairdryer, applying and washing off make-up, putting on and taking off clothes, being outside on a windy day, and many other things that result in light touching of my left temple area cause pain. I saw a neurologist, who diagnosed me with trigenimal nauralgia (TN) with unknown cause. My MRI was clean, and the only treatment option the doctor suggested was Gabapentin followed by Carbamazepine for pain management. Gabapentin didn't do a thing for me, and I haven't tried Carbamazepine because of the endless list of its side effects and restrictions. I've read the print-outs with the info about TN that the doctor gave me, but the symptoms of TN and my condition seem very different. TN comes with pain attacks, which is not the case in my situation - I have no pain at all unless there's something lightly touching the area. I feel like TN is not my diagnosis, but I'm afraid that my condition can develop into something as bad as TN. Also, my family doctor and even dentist said that the left side of my face and back feels very tight, and prescribed a muscle relaxant. I'm not sure how it's supposed to work, but I don't feel any difference when taking it. I started doing neck exercises, stretches, etc, but so far the pain is still there with no changes. I also went to a chiropractor for 2 sessions - he explained to me that the nerve pain on the temple might be caused by the misaligned atlas and popped everything that he could pop in my body... but the pain persisted. No matter what I try, the pain doesn't get better, but it doesn't get worse either. I was just wondering if anyone else has experienced this, and what do you do to help yourself. I want to believe that it'll go away if I continue staying active and do neck stretching exercises, but so far I have no idea if all I do is helping in any way. Please share your experience if the situation sounds familiar to you.
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Old 05-30-2019, 02:06 PM   #2
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Hi PoppySeed

Welcome to NeuroTalk .

What you have described is outside my experience so I have no specific suggestions to offer you.

Maybe seeing a physiotherapist who know about facial muscles might help you.

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Some chiros also work on muscle issues..but some only do adjusting.. one of those things to ask about at first visit.. or a phone /email when searching for providers.
* popping everything is very different from carefully tracking down a specific reason for pain or symptoms..*

A physical therapist evaluation might be helpful if it is tight muscles..
IMO not all care providers are highly qualified...you might need to seek out someone that really cares to find the reason for this pain.

Sometimes stopping by the providers office and talking to staff at desk can net some good info.. more than calling on the phone. a better personal connection..

If imaging showed no concerns, maybe also consider alternatives..
Things to look up -
Low level laser - some chiros have these (I had treatments and it stopped the pain in all of the areas for me) plus adjusting per chiro- the guy I went to used many modalities besides adjusting.
trigger point
acupuncture
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Old 06-04-2019, 06:31 PM   #4
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Thank you for suggestions! I've never heard of low level laser. I'll ask my dr next time I see her.

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Some chiros also work on muscle issues..but some only do adjusting.. one of those things to ask about at first visit.. or a phone /email when searching for providers.
* popping everything is very different from carefully tracking down a specific reason for pain or symptoms..*

A physical therapist evaluation might be helpful if it is tight muscles..
IMO not all care providers are highly qualified...you might need to seek out someone that really cares to find the reason for this pain.

Sometimes stopping by the providers office and talking to staff at desk can net some good info.. more than calling on the phone. a better personal connection..

If imaging showed no concerns, maybe also consider alternatives..
Things to look up -
Low level laser - some chiros have these (I had treatments and it stopped the pain in all of the areas for me) plus adjusting per chiro- the guy I went to used many modalities besides adjusting.
trigger point
acupuncture
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