Facial pain is mostly an indication that something is wrong with the teeth, jaws, or face. Patients who complain of facial pain often have pain related to common symptoms such as headaches and toothaches.
While the most likely causes of facial pain include tooth decay and infections like gum disease and cavities, other common reasons for facial pain include:
- Dental work (facial pain may begin after extractions and such)
- Migraines and headaches
- Sinus problems
- A sore neck
- Skin issues
- Facial trauma such as facial fractures and broken jaws
- Oral diseases
- Facial nerve pain
If you have any of these ailments, it may be what is causing the pain in your face. However, a specific diagnosis provides a straight road to recovery.
At Lakeshore Pain and Spine Center, we help our clients live a fuller life by providing specialized, individualized, and comprehensive pain management plans.
When to Speak to a Physician about Facial Pain
Not all pain in the face requires a hospital emergency. Depending on the pain level, you can use home remedies or treat the underlying issue. The pain levels are usually dependent on the cause, and sometimes these causes can be easily worked through.
For example, if you have a headache or a toothache, it is not uncommon to feel pain in your face as well. A toothache will cause throbbing pain on one side of your face. If you have a tension headache, your forehead and scalp may ache. Muscle strains may cause your temples to hurt. Taking meds for any of this should ideally bring relief, and in cases where stress is the trigger, a massage will help.
Your facial pain may present as cramps or a stabbing and aching pain. It may also feel like the pain is radiating or spreading from other parts of your body, such as the ears or head. But if you experience facial pain that sets in suddenly and sort of moves from the chest or the left arm, call your local emergency services.
Treatments for Chronic Facial Pain
Facial pain often passes when the root cause is treated, but if there is no apparent cause of the pain, it may have resulted from damage to a nerve in the cranium. In this case, effective treatments include the following:
Anti-spasm drugs are usually helpful for these kinds of facial pain. It relaxes the muscles around the nerves, thereby lessening pain. It has helped a lot of individuals and is preferred as it is non-invasive
Nerve blocks are an alternative pain treatment that involves receiving an anesthetic that saturates your nerves with medication, inhibiting pain signals from reaching your brain. Using this treatment option also helps your doctors to pinpoint the specific nerve that is causing you discomfort. While this does not fix the underlying cause and give you permanent relief, it will ease your pain for a while.
At Lakeshore Pain and Spine Center, we can also recommend other treatment plans that give more long-lasting relief. We explore these treatment plans when other conventional methods have not yielded adequate results. For example, treatments like Rhizotomy can provide relief for up to two years. This and many other treatment options are available to help you feel better. Get in contact with us here for a consultation.