Face Ache: The woman who lost teeth for nothing

Having your teeth pulled is one thing. Having them pulled because of a misdiagnosis is quite another.

But this is what happened to Ann Eastman, who suffers from a rare condition which inflicts excruciating pain that mimics toothache but is in fact related to damaged nerves in the face.

At its worst, the pain of trigeminal neuralgia – on the right hand side of her face, from her temple to her lower jaw – seriously affected her life.

“I was just standing there, screaming and screaming, the pain was unbelievable. My husband said ‘Be quiet! The neighbours will call the police!”

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