Symptoms of Trigeminal Neuralgia
According to the Mayo Clinic, trigeminal neuralgia symptoms may include one or more of these patterns:
- Occasional twinges of mild pain.
- Episodes of severe, shooting or jabbing pain that may feel like an electric shock.
- Spontaneous attacks of pain or attacks triggered by things such as touching the face, chewing, speaking and brushing teeth.
- Bouts of pain lasting from a few seconds to several seconds.
- Episodes of several attacks lasting days, weeks, months or longer —some people have periods when they experience no pain.
- Pain in areas supplied by the trigeminal nerve (nerve branches), including the cheek, jaw, teeth, gums, lips, or less often the eye and forehead.
- Pain affecting one side of your face at a time.
- Pain focused in one spot or spread in a wider pattern.
- Attacks becoming more frequent and intense over time.