Hey all, 2 weeks ago I was despondent and suicidal after suffering with TN (or "atypical facial neuralgia" in my case) for 7 months, many failed treatments, and no relief in sight. But I listened to my body and found a doctor who listened to ME (no small feat in and of itself!) and supported my belief that a chain reaction/perfect storm of muscle spasms, trigger points and "myofascial damage" were literally causing my upper-back and neck muscles to pull on muscles and nerves in my face -- thereby causing the horrific pain.
After one session of trigger point injections, I'm a new woman and most of my pain is almost gone! I have a long history of many major neck problems and surgeries...so this might not be a very common cause (who knew neck pain could make your eye and teeth hurt!?) but I wanted to put it out there as something for my fellow TN sufferers to consider -- so please think about whether this might apply to you! I know how indescribably torturous the pain of TN is and hope sharing this information might help even one person. If anyone wants to know more, feel free to send me a message.