Alright so, I'm new here - hello all. I want to ask a few questions about something I recently experienced which I am really frightened that might be TN or onset of such. I am 20 years old and 2 weeks ago or so, I had a week during which I had random pains around my face with no particular localisation. Firstly it was the left side of the face, then it was the right one. The pains are brief and are more like a brief poke or a sting, even if sometimes I had pains lasting 40-50 seconds or so which were like a circular dot on my skin pulsating with stabbing pain (not severe, rather weak and simply annoying) - again, these had no particular localisation and appeared around the entire place. Previous to that, or together with it I am not very sure, I had/still have very annoying and persistant tingling in one side of my face, the teeth on that side and the tongue on that side, even if the tingling seems to move around and it's often down my neck and around my shoulder as well. What really worried me though (i of course obssessed and went to research on google), that after reading about TN and that the pains and provoked by wind, I felt that mine are aggrivated by wind/cold as well - there would be mild aches all around my face on both sides when I am exposed to wind outside.
Now, I was to the doctor for this, and it was diagnosed as a severe TMJ - they made a MRI of my jaw - closed/open, and saw that my right side (where the pain/tingling is most prominent), has a rather severe subluxation to which I was advised to go see an oral surgeon. I also noticed that by the time the pain moved to the other side, I had developed a pain and clicking/popping in taht side of the jaw (the TMJ) as well, which I hadn't had before. Basically I do have a lot of TMJ symptoms, especially on the side which is most affected, but I am very concerned that this might be some sort of TN which is starting. The pain disappeared after 1 week just like that - completely random, i was even outside in the wind during it. One second it was there, the next it wasn't - just the annoying tingling remained, which surprisingly enough- seems to go away if I don't focus on it. Together with this, strangely enough, I also had weird pains in both hands/arms - and I read that pain in index fingers can also be a symptom of TN, which really did it for me. :( - even if my pains were not strictly in the index fingers, they were in hands and arms, as well as tingling down the arms and in the hands - which I read that can also be a TMJ symptom. I also noticed that if I rub my face with hands intently, the side goes numb for a while and then recovers, I am not sure if this is connected in some way or not.
I am a long term severe health anxiety sufferer who has had a long-lasting fear (due to past events and several doctor mistakes) of Multiple Sclerosis, and ofc I read that TN can present as a MS symptom, and bilateral TN is a strong pointer towards it - so you can imagine how freaked out I am right about now. Namely, MS has been ruled out in my case with several MRI's (last one 8 months ago), and an examination of 5 neurologists, one of them which is a MS specialist. I read that bilateral TN doesn't usually develope at the same time, and one side is affected first and then after years the other side begins aching as well. I don't know what to think of this, can it be TMJ or something else? Or does it sound like TN? The fact that it responds to wind and cold is what worries me most, but could it just be in my head? Thank you all for any help.