- CASE FILE
I had both my jaw condyles replaced in Nov 2017 and still suffer from extreme facial pain as a result of the surgery.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
In November of 2017 I had both my jaw condyles replaced after numerous failed treatments for my TMJ/TMD. Immediately after the surgery, holes started to develop within my ear canal, as well as a decrease in hearing sensitivity. With the development of those holes I began to experience extreme facial pain. The pain varies but mainly radiates from my surgical site (in front of my ear) up into my temples and then travels above/along my ear (almost perpendicular to my temple) down the backside of the ear. As a result of the pain, I am unable to eat some food due to its chewy or "extreme" texture, I have difficulty talking in the afternoons, and I am exhausted by 4pm every day. In addition to the pain, I am also suffering from a slight droop in my facial features along my right side (where the pain is most extreme), I have severe headaches daily, I consistently have dry mouth, I have pain in the area of my C1 and C2, I have difficulty focusing my eyes. I have had my doctors prescribe Lyrica, Gabapentin, Noritriptyline, botox injections, and Lidocaine injections but nothing keeps the pain under control. I have done x-rays and MRI's with no findings. I have been referred to a Neurologist who tested for Trigeminal Neuralgia, but could not confidently say that was what I am suffering from. All my doctors are at a loss for what is happening in my face. I am a teacher and not being able to consistently perform to my expectations is damaging to my psyche and my career.