Chronic Migraines ~ What’s with the Facial Pain?

This article was most interesting to me as many of my migraine pain areas are in portions of my face, where sight is impaired and the pain is excruciating. 

YES, THIS IS PART OF FIBROMYALGIA TOO , nerve pain in face and teeth,its never ending!!!:

Trigeminal Nerves

If you look at the entire nervous system only about 20% of the input to the brain comes from the spinal column! The other 80% comes from twelve sets of cranial nerves. Here is where it gets tricky. 70% of that 80% comes from the trigeminal nerve. The trigeminal nerve is important because it provides nerve stimulation to some very important parts of the head and face such as:

  • The muscles that move the jaw
  • The lining of the sinuses
  • The temporal mandibular (TM) joints
  • The teeth
  • The muscle that tenses the ear drum
  • The joint that connects the teeth to the jaws
  • The control of the blood flow to the anterior (front) of the brain.
  • The tongue
  • The ear canal

Take a good look at this list…how many of you have complaints of ear problems? Toothaches? Sinus problems? Migraines? Jaw Pain? How many of you have been to multiple doctors and have been told that there was “nothing” wrong?

The trigeminal nerve has three branches

  • Ophthalmic nerve
  • Maxillary nerve
  • Mandibular nerve

The trigeminal nerve root where these three branches meet, can be found next to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and some of the nerves pass around or through the TMJ. Damage or irritation to these nerves as well as muscle trigger points can cause a host of painful conditions.

Did you know?
We have heard from some of our members that changes in hormone levels, along with stress and sleep deprivation, weather changes, and alcohol will sometimes trigger the trigeminal nerves to start firing off.

Article source TMJ Hope


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I am a Mental Health Advocate for mental illness Stigma. In 2007, I created the "Living in Stigma" blog, with the purpose and anticipation of educating people about mental illness. Depression is part of this illness, which intertwines with those struggling with PTSD, chronic pain, and other invisible illnesses. I am a chronic migraine sufferer myself, and a sexual and emotional abuse survivor. My passions are writing, poetry, and art. All abuse Survivors are also Warriors.

12 thoughts on “Chronic Migraines ~ What’s with the Facial Pain?”

    1. Why didn’t my snooty nuero with the 3 diplomas tell me it might be the cause of my facial pain. I asked him this very question, and his answer: “There are so many sensitive veins in the facial area” huh? Geez, doc, that explains everything! This is a great article, at least it explains some reasons for facial pain.


      1. Because doctors hate it when patients might be right. So they’d rather we suffer than listen to us. Assholes. Shove this at him.🤗

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  1. I frequently get facial pain during migraines as well. Would sometimes make it confusing for doctors to distinguish between pain due to sinus pressure vs. migraine from medical standpoint based only on symptoms.

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      1. Oh that sounds horrible! 😦 My facial pain is usually not quite that bad, but I get very sensitive on the scalp, to a point where I cannot brush/comb or do anything with my hair, so I totally get it.


        1. The pain so bad you can’t touch your head, wow, I can so relate to that. Sometimes I don’t wash my hair for days, but I’m usually housebound, so what difference does it make. However, when I do get the chance, it feels so damn good! 🙂

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