Tooth pain and Neuropathy

Posted by jayneedbj @jayneedbj, Jul 3, 2021

Every evening my front teeth, top and bottom, become very sensitive, like a toothache. Within a few hours my feet begin tingling, throbbing-classic neuropathy pain.
Could this be related? I have my first set of appointments at Mayo next week for this, and other pain issues. I am really hoping for answers.

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Hello @jayneedbj, Welcome to Connect, an online community where patients and caregivers share their experiences, find support and exchange information with others. It's good to hear you have an appointment at Mayo next week to find the cause of your tooth pain. The symptoms sound similar to those of Trigeminal Neuralgia. I wasn't familiar with tooth pain caused by neuropathy but I found an article that talks about it occurring after dental treatment which may be unrelated in your case. Here's the abstract and the article linked at the end:

"The head and neck regions are the most common sites of the human body to be involved in chronic pain conditions. Neuropathic pain is a chronic pain condition, and refers to all pain initiated or caused by a primary lesion or dysfunction or transitory perturbation in the peripheral or central nervous system (CNS). Trigeminal neuralgia, atypical odontalgia (phantom tooth pain), burning mouth syndrome, traumatic neuropathies, postherpetic neuralgias and complex regional pain syndrome are neuropathic pain conditions in the orofacial region that can be encountered in pain and dental clinics. The majority of the time this problem is misdiagnosed by the dentist, which can lead to unnecessary treatments. These treatments may include endodontic treatment and extraction of the tooth or teeth in the region. In this review, only post-traumatic peripheral pain neuropathies seen after dental treatments will be discussed." — Neuropathic pain after dental treatment: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23588863/

You might want to plan your visit and write down your questions for the doctors at Mayo – they love it when a patient advocates for their own health! Here's a site with some tips and tools to help you plan your visit – https://patientrevolution.org/visit-tools

You mentioned wanting answers for the tooth pain and other pain issues at your appointment next week. Can you share what other pain issues you are having and let us know what you find out at your appointment?

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Thank you, I will post a follow up!

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