Good afternoon everyone (I am from South Africa, so excuse the time difference for those experiencing it),\n\nI am new to the forums, and you can call me Seb. I am just here to enquire about some recent dental issues I have encountered which has left me in a state of chronic pain. I will get into details a bit later, considering I first just want to get to the bottom of the situation.\n\nI'm suspecting I might have sustained damage to my the Lingual/Inferior Alveolar Nerve on the right side of my face (my perspective) which might have led to a condition referred to as Trigemnal Neuralgia (TN), commonly known as "Suicide Disease". I'd like to enquire about the necessary steps I'm supposed to follow in case I had an injury to any of the nerves which might contribute to said condition. Who do I see to determine if this is in fact nerve damage; a Neurologist or Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon? Are there tests they can run to ascertain 100% if I have indeed sustained a nerve injury? Would you be able to PHYSICALLY SEE this perhaps?\n\nI have already gone back to the dentist, but she told me to wait 2 weeks and has put me on Celebrex 200 for the time being. Can this potentially heal over time, or am I screwed for life? I know in some cases, nerve damage can be permanent. My pain is EXCRUCIATING, and it doesn't stop (which has me worried, and is the main reason I came to this forum). It's like a stinging/aching pain, and it feels like it's in the back of my mouth behind the 3rd molar where the dentist injected me (x3 times, due to not anesthetizing easily). I don't think it's the tooth that had to get an inlay that's causing the problem (this tooth seems fine now). It almost feels like I'm still getting injected, or alternately, stabbed in the nerves in the back of my mouth.\n\nPLEASE, if anyone can help me, it would be much appreciated, even if people can link me to other threads. I am in a state of constant chronic pain and I haven't been able to function normally. I have even cried a couple of times, up to the point where I am not even able to cry anymore. This is really a SERIOUS issue to me. Any help would be MUCH appreciated.\n\nThanks you in advance.\n\nRegards,\nSeb\n\nP.S. A GP has also put me on Panafcort (Prednisone) 5 mg x 24. I was supposed to take 12 this past Thursday after I had just seen the GP, and then another 12 yesterday (Friday), 24 hours later. I haven't taken ANY thus far, considering I am doubtful when it comes to Prednisone and cortico-steroids (I have been on them before and suspect they might've contributed to my lower-immunology and persistent allergy (Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria). Is it a bad decision abstaining from what the doctor's recommended if I'm doubtful?