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The Center for Headaches and Facial Pain, South Amboy, NJ

The Center for

Headaches and Facial Pain

How We Can Eliminate Your
Face Pain: Atypical Facial Pain
and Trigeminal Neuralgia

“It was miraculous. It’s unbelievable. I had no face pain almost immediately. You’re a super doctor. You really changed my life. Everyone here is very warm, compassionate, and treated me like family. I always looked forward to coming to my visits.” - Susanne B.

“Before I came here, I couldn’t eat or work or even laugh because of the excruciating electric shocks in my face. It felt like my head and face would explode. I’m amazed at how great I feel and how fast I got better. Everything here has been perfect. Coming here is like going home.” - Yaminel D.

Trigeminal Neuralgia or Tic Douloureux, as it is sometimes called, is characterized by excruciatingly painful electric shocks to the face. These bursts typically last approximately twenty seconds and are among the worst pains known to humankind.

In certain cases, this condition may be a result of an injury or a dysfunction involving a muscle or tendon and their related nerves. Our treatment approach is comparable to the treatment for other muscle and tendon related problems. Click here for a description.

Trigeminal Neuralgia can also result from dysfunctions involving the brain, blood vessels, or groups of nerve cells called ganglia. If we believe that one of these is the cause of the problem, we refer the patient to the appropriate specialists who commonly employ medications and/or a variety of surgical procedures.

Atypical Facial

Atypical Facial Pain (ATFP) is a catchall term which includes a large group of facial pain conditions. It can include aching, cramping, burning, pressure, and pulling sensations. In certain cases, it can extend to the side of the neck or behind the ear. Although rarely as severe as the electric shocks which characterize trigeminal neuralgia (TN), ATFP patients typically experience pain for much longer periods of time, sometimes lasting many years. In some cases, ATFP is an early form of trigeminal neuralgia. Some patients have components of TN as well as ATFP. The previous belief that ATFP was due to "psychological" problems has been proven incorrect.


There are many possible causes for ATFP which, in part, include:

  • Sinus infections
  • Dental decay or infections
  • Neuralgia Inducing Cavitational Osteonecrosis (also called N.I.C.O., non-suppurative osteomyelitis, cavitations, Ratner's lesions, etc.)
  • Stylomandibular ligament sprains (Ernest Syndrome)
  • Temporal Tendonitis
  • Temporomandibular Joint Injuries, Arthritis, and other dysfunctions
  • Myofascial trigger points affecting numerous muscles including the masseter, pterygoids, sternocleidomastoid, etc.
  • Trigeminal Neuropathy
  • Diseases and disorders of the cervical spine.
  • Tumors affecting the Vagus Nerve in the region of the lung or esophagus

Some believe that vascular compression of the trigeminal ganglia in the same area that is believed to cause certain types of trigeminal neuralgia can also cause ATFP. However, microvascular decompression (brain surgery) rarely leads to pain relief in ATFP patients.

As stated elsewhere, over 90% of our patient report that pain is gone at discharge.

Please click here for information regarding other sources of pain in the face and jaw.


face pain is gone after treatment

“Before I came here my face hurt so bad that I wanted to rip it off my head. It feels great now that the pain is gone. Everyone here was wonderful.” - Meredith R.

patient injured face and tongue

"I severely injured my face and tongue in a bad accident and couldn't eat or accomplish anything until I came here for treatment. I just got better and better until it was all gone." - Brian K.

“I’ll tell you it was hard for me to believe the face pain and electric shocks went away after having them for ten years. It used to be like running a 277 volt electric charge (like a fluorescent light) across my face. The day it stopped, I woke up without it and was sure it would come back after ten doctors and specialists didn’t know what to do about it. My wife and I just stared at each other because we were so surprised. Dr. Klemons and his staff from one end to the other are wonderful. Everything is right on time here.” - Francis B.


Headaches• Pain in the Head, Face, Jaw, TMJ, Eye, and Ear • Ringing in the Ears (Tinnitus )• Dizziness • Pressure in the Ears • Blurry Vision (which comes and goes) • Frequent Sore Throats • Difficulty Swallowing • Sensation of an Object Stuck in the Throat • Burning Tongue • Sleep Apnea • Snoring • Movement Disorders such as Tourette's Syndrome and Nervous Twitches

Ira M. Klemons, D.D.S., Ph.D., Director, The Center for Headaches and Facial Pain

2045 Route 35 South
South Amboy,  NJ 08879 U.S.A.   

USA Telephone: 732-727-5000
 International Telephone: +1-732-727-5000
  Fax: 732-727-5497


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