FACIAL PAIN

Facial Pain treatment Texas

Facial pain refers to any discomfort or pain experienced in the face, including the eyes, nose, mouth, and jaw. It can be a symptom of various underlying conditions, and the pain may range from mild to severe. Explore expert facial pain treatment in Texas.

Most common causes of Facial pain

Facial pain can arise from various causes, ranging from common and benign issues to more serious medical conditions. Here’s an introduction to some of the most common causes of facial pain:

Dental Problems: This can include issues such as cavities, gum disease, or abscesses, which can cause pain in the teeth, gums, or jaw.

Sinusitis: Inflammation or infection of the sinuses can cause pain and pressure in the face, particularly around the eyes, cheeks, and forehead.

TMJ: Temporomandibular joint disorder: is a dysfunction of the jaw joint that can cause pain and stiffness in the jaw, as well as headaches and earaches.

Trigeminal neuralgia: It can cause sharp, shooting pain in the forehead, cheek, or jaw.

Migraines: Some people experience facial pain as part of a migraine headache.

Cluster headaches: These are severe headaches that occur in clusters or cycles, and can cause pain around the eye, temple, or cheek.

Neuralgia: Other types of nerve pain, such as glossopharyngeal neuralgia or occipital neuralgia, can cause facial pain.

Shingles: If the herpes zoster virus affects the facial nerves, it can cause pain, itching, and a rash on one side of the face.

Sinus cancer: Rarely, facial pain can be a sign of sinus cancer.

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list, and that facial pain can have various other causes as well. It’s always best to seek medical advice if you’re experiencing persistent or severe facial pain.

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What are the Treatment Options for Facial Pain?

Dental problems

Treatment will depend on the specific issue, but may include procedures such as fillings, root canals, or extractions, as well as antibiotics if there is an infection.

Sinusitis

Treatment may include antibiotics, nasal decongestants, or corticosteroids to reduce inflammation, as well as pain relievers or saline rinses to alleviate symptoms. Surgery by an ENT doctor can also be considered.

TMJ

Treatment may include exercises or physical therapy to improve jaw mobility, as well as pain relievers, muscle relaxants, or splints to relieve pain and tension. A steroid injection into the joint can be done quickly in the office using x-ray guidance. A small amount of steroid can provide significant reduction in inflammation and pain in the joint.

Trigeminal neuralgia

Treatment may include medications such as anticonvulsants or muscle relaxants to calm the nerve impulses, as well as surgery or injections to block the nerve signals in severe cases. Before surgery is considered, there are nerve blocks that can be done under x-ray guidance in order to reduce pain. During a trigeminal nerve block, a healthcare provider will inject a local anesthetic or a combination of anesthetic and steroid medication into the nerve branches responsible for the pain, using a needle inserted through the skin. The goal of the block is to temporarily numb the nerve and provide pain relief. The procedure may be performed under fluoroscopy or ultrasound guidance to ensure accurate needle placement. Trigeminal nerve blocks can provide immediate pain relief, but the effects are typically temporary and may last for a few hours to a few weeks. The procedure may be repeated as necessary to manage the pain. Some people may experience long-term relief from a single block, but this is not always the case. As with any medical procedure, there are some risks associated with a trigeminal nerve block, including bleeding, infection, and nerve damage. However, these risks are relatively low and the procedure is generally considered safe and well-tolerated. Prior to the procedure, a healthcare provider will review the risks and benefits of the block and answer any questions or concerns a patient may have.

Migraines

Treatment may include medications such as triptans or analgesics to relieve pain and inflammation, as well as preventive medications or lifestyle changes to reduce the frequency and severity of attacks.

Cluster headaches

Treatment may include oxygen therapy, triptans, or nerve blocks to relieve pain, as well as preventive medications or lifestyle changes to reduce the likelihood of attacks.

Neuralgia

Treatment will depend on the specific nerve affected, but may include medications, injections, or surgery to relieve pain and inflammation. We can perform nerve blocks of the supraorbital, auriculotemporal, occipital, and other nerves in the office. These injections involve numbing medicine and a small amount of steroid that help diagnose if that is the pain causing the nerve as well as provide pain relief. The nerve blocks can be repeated, and some patients get prolonged pain relief from a single injection.

Shingles

Treatment may include antiviral medications to reduce the severity and duration of the outbreak, as well as pain relievers or topical creams to alleviate symptoms.

Sinus cancer

Treatment may include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or a combination of these, depending on the location and stage of the cancer.

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