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Trigeminal Neuralgia
Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia include:

  • Very painful, sharp, electric shock-like facial pain that usually lasts a few seconds or minutes.
  • Pain usually occurs on one side of the face only, often around the eye, cheek and lower part of the face.
  • Pain may be triggered by touch or sounds, or by everyday activities such as brushing teeth, chewing, drinking, eating, shaving and light touch on the face.

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