Atypical Facial Pain (AFP) is a form of Chronic Pain that affects the face or mouth, with no clear cause. It may also be referred to as Persistent Idiopathic Facial Pain (PIFP). As there is rarely an obvious cause, AFP is often difficult to diagnose and treat. The condition can affect any area of the face; however, it is most common in the jaw, ears, or cheeks.
Research shows that AFP is may be more common in people who have experienced dental injuries or had mouth surgery in the past. The condition is diagnosed in patients who have had pain in their face every day for at least three months.
It is common for people with AFP to also experience anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), and explained pain in other parts of the body.
Treatments for Atypical Facial Pain
Current treatments for Atypical Facial Pain include medications, including antidepressants, which may help patients with pain associated with depression. Anticonvulsants (anti-seizure medication) may also be considered to regulate nerve impulses that trigger pain. In some cases, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) may also be considered.
Medical Cannabis Treatment
Chronic Pain is the most common reason given for medical cannabis treatment, globally. As a form of Chronic Pain, AFP may be improved with the use of cannabis-based medicines. The Wellford Medical Clinics specialises in medical cannabis treatment for pain management. Our specialist clinicians assess every case carefully to provide relevant and meaningful advice and treatment.