Tips for facial pain

The pain of facial pain cannot be described in words, it is literally indescribable. For people who have never had this pain, it is probably impossible to imagine. They are attacks of short-term intense pain that radiate to the ear, nostril or chin. The pain occurs spontaneously or is provoked by touching the face and/or by heat and cold. Neurologists are quick to prescribe tegretol or other strong medications, but it is better to try an alternative first! The trigeminal nerve is responsible for sensation in the face, also called the nerve V (number 5 of the 12 pairs of cranial nerves that we have). Depending on where the pain is felt, it is one branch (of the three branches) of this nerve that causes the pain in the nerve’s supply area.

  • Forms of facial pain
  • Causes of the pain
  • What can trigger the pain?
  • Alternative painkillers, tips against nerve pain
  • Alternative causes
  • Therapy

Forms of facial pain

There are two types of facial pain:

  • typical facial pain
  • atypical facial pain

With typical facial pain, one feels short-lasting “electrical” sensations of electricity. With atypical facial pain, the pain is aching and throbbing and the attacks often last a long time.

Causes of the pain

A number of important blood vessels and nerves come together in the small cavity behind the maxillary sinus. The typical facial pain is often caused by a blood vessel pushing against the nerve junction. But sometimes no cause is found. Atypical facial pain can have several causes, such as dental problems, overload of the jaw muscles due to trigger points or another cause such as shingles or inflammation of the sinus.

What can trigger the pain?

The pain can often be induced by touching a specific spot on the face, but sometimes also by heat or cold along the face. Or by movements of the face itself through chewing or talking. So by doing things that healthy people take for granted.

Alternative painkillers, tips against nerve pain

In addition to the medications that the neurologist prescribes, there are other options. Medicines like Tegretol are strong medicines with possible serious side effects. That is why it seems wise to try other options first. There is the former normast, now called peapure . This product is on a natural basis. Not everyone benefits from it, but it is always worth a try. It is available without a doctor’s prescription. Nowadays Vitals also has the peapure in its range and is now also available at drugstores or health food stores (for more information, see: www.vitals.nl/producten/specialheden/pea-pure-400-mg-palmitoylethanolamide-peapure). Elvitaal also sells Pea Puur in a 90 veg caps package or in a 180 veg caps package. Look carefully on the internet for cheaper supplements!

Creams

Another option is to apply capsaisin cream . This is a cream based on red peppers. This cream can burn quite a bit, especially in the beginning. And for that reason it is sometimes not used for the face. There are also various creams based on Amitriptyline, Gabapentin, Baclofen, Ketamine and Lidocaine, among others. However, these creams must be prescribed by a doctor and many general practitioners or neurologists unfortunately do not do this so easily.

Supplement with procaine

Yet another painkiller is a supplement that contains procaine, Zell H3 . This supplement is actually meant to give you more energy and give you a youthful appearance. The package leaflet therefore does not say anything about the analgesic effect of this product. But because of the procaine, this product does have an analgesic effect on nerves. Procaine was previously used by dentists as an anesthetic. Some people experience up to 80% less pain. And often within a few days of taking it! This supplement can be purchased at the drugstore or health food store.

The disadvantage of the above remedies is that they only combat the pain and do nothing about the cause of the facial pain. Although many people with this pain will be very happy with the pain relief alone.

DMSO is claimed that in addition to having an analgesic effect on nerves, among other things, it can also help restore facial nerves . Whether this is true?

Alternative causes

In alternative medicine, there are a few possible causes of facial pain:

  • Lyme
  • Herpes
  • Diphtheria

Borrellia, or Lyme disease, is a notorious bacteria that can cause facial pain. Infected ticks can transmit this disease. Many people do not even know that they have been bitten by a tick, because the red circle that you can get after a tick bite does not always have to be present.

Shingles (herpes zoster) is an infection caused by a virus closely related to the chickenpox virus. The so-called varicella-zoster virus causes this chickenpox. After recovery from chickenpox, the virus remains in the body in the ganglia (thickenings in the course of a nerve) of the nerves. The virus remains dormant (=inactive) here. Once activated, this virus causes shingles via the nerves in certain parts of the skin (*). Nerve pain after shingles occurs in a small group of patients, such as patients with reduced resistance. But other forms of herpes can also hide in the nerves in the body and cause many pain complaints.

As a complication, diphtheria (formerly also called croup) can damage the heart muscle and nervous system and therefore cause facial pain.

Therapy

In addition to having a wisdom tooth removed preventively by a dentist, especially in the case of a narrow jaw, and checking whether any root remains have remained, there are other options. Look for an alternative healer who can tackle these pathogens. Then consider a good homeopath (there are even homeopathic dilutions of the above three infections) or a bicom resonance therapist. And try it, there are really people who benefit (a lot) from this! Trigger points in facial muscles can also be a cause of facial pain. Trigger points are muscle knots that can really hurt. These can be treated by a good physiotherapist or osteopath. You can also try to treat them yourself. There is even a small device made in America that makes self-treatment easier.

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