This was a search engine question that led someone to my blog recently. I have talked about it before in another post entitled Mold-Trigeminal Neuralgia.
I am posting an image that shows the nerve and its roots. As you can see, the nerve goes right near the eye. This explains the reason behind the eye pain of the person who was looking for answers. It also explains why someone suffering from trigeminal neuralgia is in such acute pain. While I deal with some level of pain daily (today because I am having sinus issues the level is about a 5), thankfully I haven’t had a really bad flare up in a while. I feel the pain along all the yellow lines shown in the diagram. It feels like someone is stabbing an ice pick in my eye. My teeth can hurt, my jaw hurts, my left ear hurts, I hurt along the left side of my nose and underneath my left eye as well. For a very long time I lived on pain medication. Pain medication in order to just get out bed and shower, pain medication to calm it down during the day so I could continue to function, and pain medication at night so I could go to sleep. Then I became sensitized to the medication and it began making me sick. I use hot packs on my face because cold packs seemed to make it worse. I use acupuncture and acupressure. I irrigate my sinuses with warm water to calm the enraged nerves and tissue. If it is really bad I take a compounded acetaminophen tablet to calm it a little.
For those who suffer from trigeminal neuralgia, you have my deepest sympathy. Have any of you been diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia?