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Atypical Facial Pain


Atypical facial pain

usually occurs on one side of your face. The pain is often constant, and may be aching, burning, throbbing, or stabbing. The pain may be felt in your nose, eye, cheek, temple, and jaw. You may also have headaches.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • Your symptoms get worse, or you develop new symptoms.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.


There is no main treatment that works for everyone. You may need to try different medicines before you find one that works best for you. Medicines such as antidepressants, antiseizure medicines, or muscle relaxers may be used to decrease pain. Your healthcare provider may also recommend a mouth guard. A mouth guard may help to keep you from clenching or grinding your teeth while you are sleeping. Teeth clenching can worsen your facial pain.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.