Trigeminal Neuralgia

Trigeminal Neuralgia and My Sinuses: When Getting A Cold Makes Pain Worse

I have a cold and it feels like the end of the world!

Okay, okay, I am being dramatic.. But have you ever had a cold and your face just hurts? I remember, back before I had my Trigeminal Neuralgia, sometimes getting a cold would hurt in my sinuses, right next to my nose in my cheeks, under the eyes, around towards my temples – and this is just before we factor in the chronic face pain that I have now!

I think a cold makes my neuralgia feel a lot worse, but every time I’ve attempted to Google about this, I just keep bringing up hits of the temperature affecting my face, even if I try to narrow the search down with ‘the common cold’. I’m desperate for anyone to have answers to my questions, but I have no idea where to turn.

Whenever I used to get a cold, years ago, I used to power through, meaning without medication, without any days off work, without much of a fuss. I think I’ve been sent home from work once in my ten years of employment. Now I’m just devastated that an actual cold could be causing me so many issues. I’m exhausted and up to my eyeballs on medication anyway, so I don’t feel I can manage any over-the-counter help with symptoms. All I want to do is sleep. My face is aching and my teeth are absolutely killing me!

I guess all I can do is wait to ride out the storm and hopefully this cold won’t last too long..

I hope you’re all feeling as well as can be! ♡

6 thoughts on “Trigeminal Neuralgia and My Sinuses: When Getting A Cold Makes Pain Worse

  1. Hi so its been years but finallly decided to ask same question as to why my t n and pain. Gets so much worse with a bad cold. Even my tongue hurts. Im extremely dizzy my earachecis unbearable etc. Not to mention when i try to eat i have food all over my face so anyway. Any luck with explanation. I have 3 kuds to look after and 2 jobs

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    1. So I have felt the same way, and it seemed like just as one cold was over I would start with another. Filally fed up I spoke with my Dr. and she decided to put me on Claritin daily along with a nasal spray Nasonex. At first I didn’t agree because I was thinking I don’t have allergies. But finally I started taking both and they have been a life saver!!! So glad I finally spoke up about all my sinus issues, that I never had before TN and all these medications.


  2. I feel exactly the same way! Colds are the worst and the flu might just kill me next time. I found a few discussions on Livingwithfacialpain forums that everyone agreed colds make their pain worse, even if doctors don’t recognize it.

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  3. Hi Kirsten, I picked this post to make contact with you because my discovery that I am on the TN road was via a visit to emergency a few weeks ago with what I thought was a severe sinus infection. Sigh….Wrong!!!!….It’s looking like early days though, and my pain spikes are not quite red-lining yet.
    Of course, I’ve been surfing the Net, reading, learning, absorbing. Your wonderful, gentle and brave blog is a standout among a lot of moving accounts of people’s experiences with the TN beast. I’ve started a blog myself, called 🙂 and I hope it’s okay if I reference and link to yours and quote some of your lovely words? It sounds like your pain levels are more bearable at the moment – I wish you well – and pain-free days ahead.
    All the very best,

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    1. Hi Ish,
      Thanks for your lovely message! Of course you can reference anything I write – I just want to help anyone I can! I will check out your blog too.
      I hope you’re feeling as well as can be today 🙂
      K x


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