What is Intractable Facial Pain?
Unexplained, atypical facial pain that causes significant discomfort and does not respond to conventional therapies.
Mr. Ajit (name changed), 34 years old is a businessman. His work involves a lot of verbal communication with his clients.
2 years ago, he gradually started having facial pain on the right side. This pain started aggravating gradually and would increase on talking for 2 to 3 minutes.
Prashant consulted numerous doctors in the city of Pune. The list included 4 General Practitioners, 2 M.D. Physicians, 1 Neurophysician and 1 Neurosurgeon. A number investigations were done which involved Blood Tests, CT scan, MRI, EMG and NCV. This ruled out any Space Occupying Lesion (SOL), infections, nerve lesions or any brain disorders. He had no surgical history and neither dental issues in the past. There was reduced Vitamin B12 in his blood but was not much of a significance. He was prescribed Vitamin supplementations, NSAIDS and a few protocols of steroids too.
Prashant could hardly notice any recovery with the medications. His lifestyle was getting hampered. His business had stopped and Prashant had started refraining from his friends to due to his inability to talk.
He was referred for Physiotherapy. On detailed clinical examination it was noticed that he had mild swelling on his face, neck and behind the ear. He also experienced migraine like symptoms which involved mild to moderate headache. Prashant also experienced slight blurring of vision in right eye. Neck movement was affected.
Prashant was treated with Quantum Resonance Therapy for a period of 3 weeks. He was given Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF) 4 times a week to the neck region and upper back region.
Magneto Mechanical Oscillator (MMO) was given to the face, neck, inter-scapular and subscapular region along with axilla – twice a week.
Lymphatic Technique of Kinesiotaping was done to drain the edema from the face and neck. This was followed by Muscle Activation Technique to activate and strengthen the muscles.
Prashant was prescribed a set of exercises for his face and the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ). He was also asked to read paragraphs aloud as a part of his exercise session.
3 weeks of continuous treatment brought in significant changes in Prashant’s health condition. Swelling and facial puffiness had reduced, neck movements improved and most importantly – the duration of talking improved. There is almost no pain while talking. He can now talk at length without pain.