How can you tell the difference between migraine and trigeminal neuralgia? Migraine and cluster headaches may produce severe unilateral pain, but unlike trigeminal neuralgia, these conditions are not triggered by movement or contact with the face nor do they respond promptly to carbamazepine.
Can neuralgia cause migraines? The primary symptom of occipital neuralgia is sudden, severe pain that many people associate with migraines. This pain is described as intense, piercing, stabbing, and sharp. The episodes of intense pain may only last for a few minutes or seconds, but tenderness around the nerves may persist afterward.
What is trigeminal headache? This intense, stabbing, electric shock-like pain is caused by irritation of the trigeminal nerve, which sends branches to the forehead, cheek and lower jaw. It usually is limited to one side of the face. The pain can be triggered by an action as routine and minor as brushing your teeth, eating or the wind.
What can be mistaken for trigeminal neuralgia? Conditions that can mimic trigeminal neuralgia include cluster headaches or migraines, post-herpetic neuralgia (pain following an outbreak of shingles) and TMJ disorder. It’s also important to rule out sinusitis and ear infections.