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Update: Jaw Pain

April 11th, 2007 at 07:08 pm

Tuesday morning I went to see my regular doctor. I mentioned to her that a number of people had suggested that the problem might be a sinus infection, or possibly TMJ related. After me explaining to her about the location of the pain, as well as the frequency, and then her doing a number of tests, she came up with something that really threw me.

She said that she thinks I have SHINGLES presented without a rash! She told me there are three nerves in the face and the one that is causing me problems is my Cranial Nerve V 2. I had a really bad case of chickenpox when I was 3 - Shingles is a reoccurence of chickenpox - although it usually happens to much older people. lucky me.

She told me that because of the location of it, there could possibly be hearing loss, vision loss or even encephalitis! She gave me a list of ENT (Ear Nose and Throat) docs to make an appt with. I called one and explained what was going on and they told me that what I really needed was an Otolarynogoloist (sp?) or someone who deals with facial nerves.

So, I have an appointment with one on Monday. Until then I am taking these awesome pain meds that make me very loopy, but I much prefer being loopy to being in pain!

I have been trying to find info on Shingles without a rash on the net, but haven't had much luck. I'm also being very paranoid every time I have an itch or a pain anywhere - fearing that a rash might suddenly appear!

All I can say right now is Thank God for my health insurance plan! My coworkers too - they're all being so sweet and worried about me.

Like my mom said, my company may not pay much, but they treat a person right in the other ways that count.

I'm still trying to believe that this is really happening and not a story about someone else. I've always been fairly healthy with few issues (other than weight).

I now can definitely never afford to lose health coverage.

9 Responses to “Update: Jaw Pain”

  1. tinapbeana Says:

    my DH had shingles, but with the rash, along his sciatic nerve. shortly after that flared up and went away he had ongoing sciatic problem that turned out to be due to a ruptured disc in his back... in retrospect, i wonder if the injury to his back is what left him vulnerable to the original case of shingles...

    whatever you're appointments reveal, i hope they figure it out fast and that you start to feel better. enjoy as much soup, ice cream, and hot cocoa as possible!

  2. JanH Says:

    Glad you got an appointment next week! Hope they can tell you exactly what is going on!

  3. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Thanks Tina. I'm sorry your husband went through all that. My doctor thinks that my case may have been "awakened" due to the muscle that "slipped" about six months ago + possibly being irritated by getting 5 shots of novacaine when I had my cavaties filled. Who knows.

    Thankfully a soft food diet isn't necessary for me. Even before the pain meds, eating/chewing wasn't a problem. The pain would come and stay for 30 minutes+ then go for several hours. No rhyme or reason that I could figure out.

  4. boomeyers Says:

    Well now, that is one I did'nt see coming. How interesting! (Sorry, I know not to you!) My mom had shingles, but with the rash and my neice had it too (When she was only about 5 and she has never had it since). It probably was brought on by the dental work! But keep digging just in case it is something else!

  5. debtfreeme Says:

    i had a friend who had that too! it is rare but weird.

    this is a good resource to start with: http://www.goaskalice.columbia.edu/1044.html

    i hope you are feeling beter soon!!

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  7. fairy74 Says:

    feel better soon! Smile

  8. frugaltexan75 Says:


    I got a voicemail from my doctor's nurse saying that she had done some further reading and doesn't think it is shingles but may be trigeminal neuralgia and that I need to see a neurologist and that I will need an MRI. I tried calling them back to let them know that I had already scheduled an appointment with an Otolaryngologist, but they were already closed for the day. I guess I should have called her as soon as I made the appointment. I will be calling her in the morning.

    I really don't want to cancel my appt for Monday because I really want to get this figured out. If it is trigeminal neuralgia then I may just find myself on pain meds the rest of my life. Ugh. Frown

  9. boomeyers Says:

    There are other things you can do to help the pain. They can clip the nerve with a gamma knife and you can have botox injections to kill the pain too! Don't worry, it will be alright!

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