Symptoms of Trigeminal Neuralgia

Common symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia include tingling or numbness in the cheek or jaw; dull aching in the teeth or jaw; and flashes of severe pain.

There are two types of trigeminal neuralgia, which cause different symptoms:

  • TN1: This is more common, causes extreme, sporadic, sudden burning or shock-like pain in the lips, eyes, nose, scalp, forehead, upper jaw and lower jaw. The pain can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes and can come and go quickly or continue on and off for up to two hours.
  • TN2: This is less common, causes a less intense but constant aching, burning, stabbing pain.

Many conditions can cause facial pain, but a specific diagnosis of trigeminal neuralgia is important to determine an effective treatment plan.