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TMJ disorder & trigeminal neuralgia

I have been going back and forth to the doctor and then the dentist to try and obtained some help with pain in my facial/head area.  The doctor states it is a dental problem and when I go there, they tell me to go back to the dentist.  Is it possible to have both TMJ disorder and TNN at the same time?  Am in extreme pain mostly all the time and can find no relief as yet.  Can anyone offer some suggestions; I have a forthcoming appt. with a TMJ dentist in about 2 weeks and am told they will do a 360 degree x-ray.  Anyone out there have this yet?
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Certainly tmj disorder and trigeminal neuralgia can coexist, but it,s a rare occasion. Your clinical presentation can be a significant clue to formulate a diagnosis. Neurologist probably can diagnose trigeminal neuralgia without problem. If your neurologist can not make a definite diagnosis of trigeminal neuralgia , you probably don,t have trigeminal neuralgia, in stead, you probaly have something beyond neurologist,s recognition, such as, atypical odontalgia, atypical or pre trigeminal neuralgia, mid face segmental pain, or neurovascular  orofacial pain. Neurologist may not be familiar with these dental related disease entities. Orofacial pain specialist are familiar with these entities.
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