Facial Pain

What Causes Facial Pain?

Facial pain can have various causes, just like most other symptoms.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose facial pain, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "facial pain" as a symptom.  Here are two possibilities:
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Jaw Osteonecrosis

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause.

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of facial pain:
Cause Probability Status
Trigeminal Neuralgia 91% Confirm
Jaw Osteonecrosis 63% Possible
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate unusual skin sensations, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Do you sometimes experience pain on one or both sides of your face? It might be continuous pain, moderate shooting pain, or intense stabbing pain.
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ No
→ Yes, it tends to be a constant pain
→ Moderate shooting pain
→ Sudden, severe stabbing pain
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate absence of facial pain, constant facial pain, facial shooting pain or severe facial stabbing pain, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Trigeminal Neuralgia / Facial Pain

The typical trigeminal neuralgia is characterized by sudden, severe and lancing pain in the face, like an electric shock.

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