Facial Pain
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Maxwell J. Nanes, DO

Maxwell J. Nanes, DO (Emergency department)

Dr Nanes received a doctorate from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and went on to complete a residency in emergency medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. There he trained at Froedtert Hospital and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in the practice of adult and pediatric emergency medicine. He was a chief resident and received numerous awards for teaching excellence during his time there. | | After residency he took a job at a community hospital where he and his colleagues worked through the toughest days of the COVID-19 pandemic. |

Yoshinori Abe, MD

Yoshinori Abe, MD (Internal medicine)

Dr. Abe graduated from The University of Tokyo School of Medicine in 2015. He completed his residency at the Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Longevity Medical Center. He co-founded Ubie, Inc. in May 2017, where he currently serves as CEO & product owner at Ubie. Since December 2019, he has been a member of the Special Committee for Activation of Research in Emergency AI of the Japanese Association for Acute Medicine. | | Dr. Abe has been elected in the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Healthcare & Science category.

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  • Pain and swelling between eyebrows

  • Pain in the upper jaw when I press on it

  • My face hurts when I put my head down

  • It hurts when I move my face muscles

  • Pain in the sinuses below the eyes

  • Upper part of my jaw hurts

  • My right eye muscle hurts

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About the Symptom

Facial pain is pain felt in any part of the face, including the mouth and eyes. The pain may be pressing, sharp, or dull in nature.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Numbness of the body

  • Fever

  • Abnormal sensation (tingling, prickling)

  • Numbness / sensory disorder

  • Back pain

Possible causes

Generally, Facial pain can be related to:

  • Trigeminal neuralgia

    Trigeminal neuralgia is characterized by pain affecting the trigeminal nerve (carries sensation from the face to the brain). Even mild stimulation of your face, like brushing teeth or combing hair, might trigger it. Causes include contact between a blood vessel and the trigeminal nerve, which puts pressure on the nerve, nerve compression by a brain tumor, stroke, or trauma.

  • Mixed connective tissue disease

    Mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD) is a rare autoimmune disorder where the immune system mistakenly attacks the body's own tissues. Risk factors include family history of connective tissue disease and exposure to certain viruses or chemicals. It's most common in women in their 20s and 30s, but children may also be affected.

  • Sinusitis

    Infection of the sinuses, which are cavities around the nose and face. The infection can be acute (lasting about a week) or chronic (lasting more than three months). Most often infections start as a viral upper respiratory infection (URI) and then bacterial infection sets in. The symptoms include fever, facial pain or pressure, and nasal obstruction or drainage. Imaging including CT scans may be necessary.

  • Cluster headache
  • Herpes simplex
  • Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO)

  • Malignant lymphoma
  • Tolosa Hunt syndrome

Related serious diseases

Sometimes, Facial pain may be related to these serious diseases:

  • Bell's palsy

    Characterized by sudden weakness or paralysis of the facial muscles, Bell's palsy is usually temporary and occurs on one side of the face. The exact cause is unknown but is believed to be due to swelling and inflammation of the nerve controlling the facial muscles or viral infection. Anyone can be affected by this condition, but pregnant women, those with lung infections, and those with a family history of the condition are at higher risk.

  • Acute glaucoma attack

Doctor's Diagnostic Questions

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom:

  • Do you have facial pain?

  • Do you have pain in your upper jaw?

  • Do you have pain on the sides of your nose and under your eyes?

  • Do your eye muscles hurt or feel uncomfortable?

  • Do you have pain when pressing on your upper jaw?

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Reviewed By:

Maxwell J. Nanes, DO

Maxwell J. Nanes, DO (Emergency department)

Dr Nanes received a doctorate from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and went on to complete a residency in emergency medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. There he trained at Froedtert Hospital and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in the practice of adult and pediatric emergency medicine. He was a chief resident and received numerous awards for teaching excellence during his time there. | | After residency he took a job at a community hospital where he and his colleagues worked through the toughest days of the COVID-19 pandemic. |

Yoshinori Abe, MD

Yoshinori Abe, MD (Internal medicine)

Dr. Abe graduated from The University of Tokyo School of Medicine in 2015. He completed his residency at the Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Longevity Medical Center. He co-founded Ubie, Inc. in May 2017, where he currently serves as CEO & product owner at Ubie. Since December 2019, he has been a member of the Special Committee for Activation of Research in Emergency AI of the Japanese Association for Acute Medicine. | | Dr. Abe has been elected in the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Healthcare & Science category.

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