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My left jaw and mouth are burning while using computer and mobile. What is it?

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Dr. K. Shobana

Published At May 6, 2021
Reviewed AtOctober 17, 2022

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I think that I have atypical trigeminal neuralgia (TN2) and started taking Carbamazepine from two days back. It seems to help me. But it is not helping me entirely. Constantly, I have a dull ache in the left jaw area and a tingling or burning sensation on the lower outside portion of the mouth. My condition gets triggered by computer and cell phone lights. As soon as I see my computer, I have a feeling of pulse within a minute. When I see a computer for a long time, it irritates my ache and I have a mouth burning. But my pain is not severe. It is annoying and it causes massive inflammation in my face. While avoiding using electronic items, my ache and burning goes away. I am not sure about my health condition. But it seems to be challenging to my work. Do these LED lights trigger my trigeminal nerve? What is the solution?

Answered by Dr. Aida Abaz Quka


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I understand your concern. Your symptoms are atypical. As bright light indirectly activates the spinal trigeminal nociceptors, it explains the mechanism of trigeminal nociceptor sensitization that increases the pain quality by bright light. On the other hand, it can be a migraine variant. I suggest you do an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) of the brain to exclude other causes. You should avoid having blue light by activating blue light filters on the device. I suggest you continue taking Carbamazepine to prevent having headaches.

Patient's Query

Thank you doctor,

When I prevent having a computer and phone lights, I seem to be fine. I have tried turning my computer to night mode as well as wearing axon optic glasses. But still, I feel the pulse. Now, I am wearing an aluminum foil mask to prevent having light coming from the sides or on the edges of the glass. It seems to help me slightly. You have mentioned that bright light indirectly inactivates trigeminal nociceptors, but sun does not trigger my pulse as computer and phone lights. I am willing to see a neurologist soon and do an MRI. I want to know whether Capsaicin help in treating trigeminal neuralgia.

Answered by Dr. Aida Abaz Quka


Welcome back to icliniq.com.

There are many different treatment options for treating trigeminal neuralgia. But Capsaicin has not been approved for its treatment. So I would not suggest you for taking it. You can take Carbamazepine or Pregabalin instead of it. A brain MRI can be taken to exclude other possible causes.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka
Dr. Aida Abaz Quka


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