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Could my facial pain be caused by something besides neuralgia?

Facial pain can be caused by a number of things. The most common cause of facial or head pain is a tooth ache and the next most common cause is muscle related pain. Other known causes are infections, inflammation, cancer, broken bones, broken or inflamed blood vessels, and nerve related pain.

It can be challenging for a doctor to find out where pain is coming from in the head. A thorough history of the pain and examination as well as other tests may be required to diagnose the cause of the pain.

Just because you are experiencing facial pain doesn't mean you are suffering from neuralgia. In fact, there are several other conditions that could be causing your discomfort. For example, a number of dental problems can result in facial pain as well as a condition known as trigeminal neuropathy. Other possible causes include broken bones and infections. In order to confidently diagnose neuralgia your doctor may need to run several test in an effort to rule out other possibilities first. Pain could be an indicator of any number of things.

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