Normally, we do not expect to feel pain around our faces unless something serious is happening. Whether from a toothache, sinus problems, trauma or an accident, experiencing face pain can really take us out of our comfort zone. There are many different reasons behind face pain, and many different ways you can deal with it. The best thing is to pay close attention to your face pain, in order to speak with a medical professional, get to the root of the problem, and find the best treatment option.
Things to consider when feeling face pain
There are a number of clues that your face pain can provide. Knowing what to look out for is important when narrowing down the cause of your pain.
Here are few things to think about with face pain:
Where does it hurt? Maybe it hurts in your jaw or around the eyes? Do you feel pain in your forehead, or maybe above your ears?
What type of pain is it? Do you feel a throbbing type of pain? Does it feel like pressure, or more like a sharp, stabbing kind of pain?
Does the pain radiate or travel somewhere else? Do you feel neck tension or pain too? Or maybe you feel pain at the base of your skull? All these things are clues about what’s causing any continued pain in your face.
When did the pain start and how often does it occur? Is this a new type of pain? Did if start suddenly, or did it creep up over a few months? Do you feel the pain all day and all night, or does it suddenly flare up and then go away?
What can cause face pain?
Many different things can cause face pain. Muscle problems, nerve problems, migraines, and other underlying illnesses all can result in pain you feel in your face. Even structural problems in your jaw can cause face pain.
For example, sinus infections typically cause pressure type pain around your forehead and cheeks. Peripheral neuralgia (nerve problems) may cause burning or stabbing sensations in your face area. Knotted muscles due to tension, poor diet, or other conditions can cause a dull ache that radiates to your teeth, jaw, or ears.
These are just a few of the many different types of pain and causes that can occur with face pain.
Pay attention to what your face pain tells you, such as if it occurs after a specific event or action. Write down where it hurts, how it hurts, when it started hurting, and how often it hurts. Then call your doctor to discuss your face pain and how best to treat it.
What can be done about face pain?
There are many effective treatments for face pain. The options range from oral (pills) pain medications or topical (skin) pain relief medications to more invasive treatments.
It’s important to let your healthcare provider at Balcones Pain Consultants know about all your symptoms, so that we can help you to return to living life as smoothly and quickly as possible. Balcones Pain Consultants has three convenient locations in Austin, Cedar Park, and Marble Falls, to make it as easy as possible for you to quickly and conveniently get the relief you need.