The MRI will not show nerve damage to the tiny nerves all throughout the cheek as there is no test that can see that, which I am sure is the issue. But what it would show is if there is any damage to the fifth cranial nerve (trigeminal) that runs through the cheek, which is larger. The neurologist just recommended it, not because we think that is the problem but just to rule it out. I decided I'd do it since it can't sure. I do have pain in the low cheek jaw area and under one eye.http://www.newjerseyck.com/conditions-t ... OgodiVoAHgTN patients are divided into typical and atypical cases. In typical TN, patients suffer from unpredictable episodes of stabbing, electric shock-like pain in a constant location of the face. Such patients can reproduce an attack by touching a “trigger point” on the face or performing a specific activity like chewing or talking. With atypical TN, the pain is a persistent dull ache or burning sensation in one part of the face. However, episodes of sharp pain can complicate atypical TN. There is usually not a specific trigger point with atypical TN, while the pain grows worse over time.
TN is usually related to compression of the trigeminal nerve by a blood vessel. It can arise suddenly and last several years and even decades. The number of attacks can be seasonal and vary from several each day to a few each year.
I remember when I had jaw surgery they had to be very careful not to disturb that nerve. It's something to rule out. I am not convinced laser would damage it but it did wreck havoc on the nerves in the dermis. Two days after my first acupuncture treatment and I have to say though not comfortable I feel the best I have for the first time. I am not needed ice 24/7 to numb the sensations and did step out a little despite my pain. It still hurts when I lotion or shower though, and I still get attacks but I'm not BS'ing there has been an immediate change. The pain last night was not bad at all compared to the way it was prior to the treatment. Let's see what several more can do. Then I have to see if the rosacea symptoms/burning/heat are nerve related or something else to address.
If I get this nerve pain better my emotional pain is just beginning. My cheek doesn't look young, or old, it just looks damaged with these lines and crinkled texture and dead color. I can't believe how bad he f'd it up. I am not forgiving of myself even though he was the one who made the mistake.