Just a thought, but have you looked at Atypical Odontalgia as WM (Bill) Phillips is, it is a variation of one of the many facial pain syndromes: http://facial-neuralgia.org/conditions/ao.htm
Atypical Odontalgia (AO) is a condition in which a tooth is very painful but nothing can be found wrong with it. The pain is continuous, usually burning, aching and sometimes throbbing and most often occurs in a maxillary (top) molar (back tooth) or in a tooth next to a molar. Since symptoms are very similar to those caused by a "toothache", often numerous dental procedures are done. To complicate matters, these treatments may offer temporary relief from pain, only to have the pain return
Symptoms include a continuous burning, aching pain in a tooth or in the bone/gum surrounding a tooth. Often there in increased sensitivity to pressure over the painful region. Diagnostic tests show no abnormality on x-ray and no obvious cause of tooth pain can be found.
This link was a good was a good one on Atypical Odontalgia - http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/465413
It presents as tooth pain or pain in a site where a tooth was extracted, in absence of clinical and radiographic evidence of tooth pathology. Unfortunately, the occurrence of AO is common; it occurs in 3% to 6% of patients who undergo endodontic treatment. There is a female preponderance with a concentration of cases of women in their mid 40s. Except for children (no reports have been found in the literature), all ages can be affected. Molars and premolars are more frequently involved, with the maxilla being affected more often than the mandible
And here is Bill's blog / discussion topic referring to this: http://www.livingwithtn.org/forum/topics/atypical-odontalgia-or
Have a read of them Vesper, to me it sounded like a fairly accurate description of the pain you describe, however you'll need to read these articles for yourself :-(
For me, I have lost count of my triggers, but eating can be one of my worst. Cold foods, icecreams or cold drinks - same with the opposite, hot foods and drink also are definite YES to triggers, rubbing my eyes or nose, touching my cheek, lying on a pillow, rain or a breeze on my face, a kiss on the cheek or lips, or a hug - these are some of the things that will trigger pain. Oh, hair touching my face (mines always kept verys short now) A lifted collar on a shirt of jacket touching my face or cheek. The touch triggers can be extremely sensitive, overly so I think and the touch could be soft or firm - will still trigger pain. Brushing hair, teeth etc., Talking, laughing :-( Other times the pain starts are set off with no obvious triggers that I can figure - the pain just starts whenever it wants to. I have a pain in my right cheekbone now, just started on it's own while I'm typing.
Best wishes to you for a pain free Christmas!
vesper venustas said:
area behind very last back molar. apple of cheek. aching pain with no numbness.
I go through stages. I am affected in all three branches but can have times where my mouth or teeth do not hurt. Where do you normally have pain?