Atypical Face Pain

Are you experiencing facial pain without an apparent cause? Do not ignore as it may be Atypical Facial Pain (AFP). The condition may cause discomfort in your teeth, jaw, cheek, or ear. AFP can be challenging to diagnose, and stress, anxiety, or depression may exacerbate the pain. Nevertheless, AFP is often treatable through medication or psychological therapy.

What is atypical facial pain?

Atypical facial pain (AFP) is a chronic pain condition characterized by pain in the face or mouth. There is no clear cause of this condition. The pain mainly occurs in ear, jaw or cheek pain. Diagnosis of AFP can be challenging as it is often a diagnosis of exclusion. The consistent pain can be a frustrating experience.

What causes atypical facial pain?

The exact cause of atypical facial pain (AFP) is not well understood. However, it is believed to involve a dysfunction in the way the nervous system processes pain signals. The regulation of mood and pain perception is carried out by neurotransmitters present in the brain. However, the functioning of these neurotransmitters can be disrupted by mental health conditions like depression and anxiety. Such disruptions can alter the way pain is experienced or make an individual more susceptible to it.

What are the symptoms of atypical facial pain?

The symptoms of atypical facial pain (AFP) can vary from person to person. Most individuals experience pain in their face daily for about 3 months. The pain can be triggered by heat, cold or even touch. In some cases, the pain may worsen with stress and tiredness.

Unlike other facial pain conditions that typically affect specific areas, AFP can cause pain in different parts of the face or even the entire face. Sometimes, the main may be contained in a specific area and even spread on the entire face. AFP does not follow a specific nerve path.

The pain can be described as:

  • A constant or intermittent dull ache, burning or shooting sensation in the face.
  • Discomfort when they touch or apply pressure to their face.
  • The pain associated with AFP is chronic and typically lasts for several months or longer.
  • Pin and needles feeling.

Diagnosing Atypical Facial Pain

The doctors at Neuro Spine & Pain Center diagnose unusual facial pain by looking at how bad your symptoms are and where the pain is. They also check how often you have the pain, how strong it is, and how long it lasts. By doing this, they can figure out what's causing the pain. Sometimes it's because of a medical problem, and other times it's not. When there's no known medical cause, the doctors call it "atypical" pain.

Atypical facial pain is a chronic pain disorder that affects the face and head region. It is described as an aching or burning feeling. Sometimes, a head trauma or dental procedures can cause atypical facial pain. Certain psychological conditions may also cause this facial pain such as depression and anxiety. The diagnosis of atypical facial pain can be challenging, as there is no specific test or imaging study that can definitively confirm the condition.

A thorough medical evaluation and a series of diagnostic tests can help rule out other potential causes of facial pain (trigeminal neuralgia or migraines) and lead to a diagnosis of atypical facial pain.

The diagnostic process for atypical facial pain may involve studying medical history and physical exam, diagnostic tests, and blood tests for underlying medical conditions that can contribute to pain, such as autoimmune disorders or infections.

Atypical Facial Pain Treatment

The Neuro Spine & Pain Center helps people who have really bad facial pain or spasms. First, we check what's causing the pain by using the latest diagnostic imaging techniques. Then, we create a treatment plan using surgeries that don't require big incisions. These surgeries help make the pain and spasms go away so you can move better and live a better life.

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