Atypical facial pain is a pain condition that causes aching, persistent facial pain. This condition is commonly compared to trigeminal neuralgia even though the facial pain is different. The physicians at OPTIMAL Pain & Regenerative Medicine® diagnose and treat atypical facial pain in order to help our patients in the Fort Worth, Arlington and Dallas, Texas area live a pain-free life.
What is Atypical Facial Pain?
A pain disorder of the face, atypical facial pain is marked by persistent, localized pain that is sharp, aching, burning or squeezing. Patients do not experience periods of remission in many cases. The pain is commonly brought on by dental work, facial trauma or sinus infections. Physicians believe it may also be caused by damage to a small branch of one of the three trigeminal nerve divisions.
Often compared to the facial pain condition trigeminal neuralgia, atypical facial pain has a more distinct set of symptoms and time duration. Trigeminal neuralgia typically affects one side of the face and goes into remission, while atypical facial pain typically affects both sides of the face with no periods of remission.
What are the Symptoms of Atypical Facial Pain?
Atypical facial pain symptoms include:
- A dull, aching, burning, sharp, squeezing pain
- Facial pain typically occurs on both sides of the face
- No periods of remission