Facial pain often comes from your jaw

(or teeth or sinuses)

TMJ syndrome from the temporomandibular or jaw joint includes facial pain often, so do check for it, but first...
Is this pain in your face something completely new to you? Do you have any numbness or tingling feelings in your face or lips? Look at your face in a mirror and see if the two sides are different.

If so, you may have a condition requiring treatment very urgently...


Bells palsy

starts like this, and needs to be stopped in its tracks quick smart. Fully developed it may cause permanent facial weakness.

This will be on one side only. Face directly at the light and look closely at the corner of your mouth, for any slight sagging or bulging compared to the other side. See if your eye is more open on this side, due to the lower lid dropping.
Are the wrinkles the same on both sides?
Make a slight smile and blow your cheeks out, to see if both sides move equally.

Bells palsy is from a virus infection damaging your 7th cranial nerve, the facial nerve. This controls the muscles of your face, so damage causes weakness or paralysis.

The nerve passes through a narrow channel in the bone of your inner ear. Infection can cause swelling so the nerve strangles itself here.

It's not a job for a visit to the doctor tomorrow. Do it now!

I use large doses of cortisone, quercetin and an anti-viral such as acyclovir.

Face pain with obvious swellings

These include mumps with swelling in front of your ear ( and hopefully nowhere else,) gum boils with swelling over your lower jaw, abscesses from acne, eyelid stye¹ or Meibomian infection and sometimes unusual things like lymphoma.

Very brief, very severe attacks of facial pain

Tic douloureux (Trigeminal neuralgia) is just that, often brought on by touching a particular part of your face.

This is covered on the mouth pain page of this site.



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Notes and references

1. Ideas that endure often have some validity. One of my patients gave me this cure for a stye - to rub a living cats tail across it. See another anecdote at http://nq.oxfordjournals.org/content/182/2/23-d.extract


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