Pain can be highly functional, but with long-term treatment, a lot of facial pain resolves without having a negative impact on patients' quality of life. In addition, pain can be managed by combining analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and nonpharmaceutical alternatives; these options can be tailored to the individual patient's needs.
A relatively high percentage of the adult population in the United States reports experiencing facial pain at some time during the year. Most of the data support a higher prevalence in the spring and summer, reflecting higher workloads of dental or otolaryngologic practices during these times. This burden could be substantially reduced by educating general practitioners (GPs) about the symptoms of facial pain, the need for referral, and the appropriate use and referral timing for urgent management of facial pain.
Facial pain is a symptom of many diseases that affect the head and jaw (such as bruxism and migraines). The majority of patients with unexplained facial pains also exhibit an underlying disease - a condition known as idiopathic facial pain. Recognizing a patient's history of facial pains can help doctors to formulate an appropriate and well supported diagnosis, treatment, and follow up.
Facial pain is typically described as both throbbing and sharp. The perceived intensity of the pain can change over time (increased in the morning), may last between 3 and 6 months and has a significant effect on quality of life. Facial pain has many causes and may require treatment or consideration of alternative treatment approaches including psychosocial or psychodynamic approaches.
Facial pain has many possible causes and many different treatments to try out. The vast majority of patients who suffer from chronic facial pain are given oral medication first before referrals for imaging. Imaging is used as a last resort to help to confirm a diagnosis then help guide an appropriate treatment plans.\n
Most treatments for dental and facial pain are local, such as heat, ice, or saline applied directly to the area of pain; NSAIDs, such as aspirin or acetaminophen prescribed for pain; or corticosteroids prescribed for inflammation. Other options include oral or topical lidocaine and/or topical anesthetic. Frequently prescribed prescription medications include opioids, benzodiazepines, or anti-epileptics; however, many patients report satisfaction based on these options. In some cases, such as persistent facial pain, or for patients who find nonspecific measures ineffective, surgery may be an option. Pain specialists often work with and see patients for whom more complicated treatments aren't appropriate or are not feasible.
In the current study, facial pain can be a serious concern and needs to be addressed at the time of consultation or emergency care attendance. This is particularly pertinent if the patient suffers in the daytime or at night and this may have repercussions on the course and outcome of their condition.
In a recent study, findings of these new discoveries appear promising. However, the number of research papers involving facial pain is still relatively small for facial pain. It will take time before the findings from clinical trials for treating facial pain are validated and incorporated into the treatment of facial pain.
The Sinonic device is a pain-reducing device that also contributes a minor benefit in terms of alleviating headaches. The Sinonic device was superior to a placebo in relieving pain when used at the recommended time of 90 hours per week for 2 weeks.
The research for facial pain remains highly variable, and it seems that this is the case for most pain treatments. A combination of treatments for facial pain, based on the type of pain and the treatment’s effect on pain, can be used to help you cope with your pain.
The most common causes of facial pain are [trauma and infection(s)|trauma] such as from a fall, burns or a toothache. More than 60% of injuries to the face are caused by facial trauma. Facial fractures are mostly caused by accidents or assaults. Infections can also cause facial pain such as [devoid sinus infection] and can affect any portion of the face. Facial pain can be caused by nonaccidental trauma or iatrogenic damage during medical procedures. Another potential cause of facial pain is facial nerve damage caused by compression such as from a maxillectomy or a temporal bone fracture.
Results from a recent paper shows a frequency of familial aggregation of FPRS/VPRS in a large family sample. Moreover, the present family with FPRS may be a good model for studies on FPRS/VPRS.