The most common TGM symptom is sharp, stabbing pain in the face. It may also feel like an electric shock, ache or burning sensation. Laughing, talking or even lightly touching the face can trigger it.
Atypical trigeminal neuralgia is characterized by constant aching, burning or stabbing pain. A person may experience both forms of the pain, sometimes at the same time.
First, you’ll meet with your doctor for a physical exam. You’ll talk about your symptoms and your doctor may order imaging tests, such as an MRI, to rule out other health problems.