Newbie Here!

I have recently joined and am amazed how much information is contained in this wonderful site.

I am married and have 3 children. I retired from work at the end of March this year.
I have had TN for about 4 months (not a great way to start retirement) and have been prescribed Tegretal by my GP. I have found unfortunately that I can only get up to 400mg per day as otherwise I seem to get severely depressed. Not sure whether this is a common side effect with this drug. I did try acupuncture but didn’t really feel this did very much for me. By the feeling / pain in my face, it does feel as if something is pressing on a nerve as it feels constantly aggravated.
I have now been been offered an appointment to see a neurologist - I am awaiting the appointment date. Is it likely that I will get an MRI scan at this 1st appointment, or will this follow in time?

Best wishes

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Yes, I would think that an MRI would be one of the first things they would investigate, at least it seems so here in the US. It’s important to rule out a possible tumor or obvious compression of the nerve.

Just to clarify–you have a constant, naggy pain, rather than the sharp stabs of classic TN? Where exactly to you feel this pain?

Thanks for your reply. Yes, the pain is constant on the rt side of my face, adjacent to my nose down to just above the top of my lip.

Have you tried any topical meds, such as lidocaine or another anesthetic, or topical carbamazepine? or something like a lidocaine patch?