Hi all. In 2017 during a long period of extreme stress and anxiety, I had a root canal done that was badly botched. The molar was cracked and the dentist didn’t see it. He also over tooled one of the roots and the filler extruded at the tip of the root close to the sinus. Within a few hours, the right side of my face was swollen and bruised, so a visible injury almost immediately. There was gum burning at the site and within a few days burning along the cheekbone and all the other symptoms of nerve damage. The eventual diagnosis was post traumatic trigeminal neuropathy due to sodium hypochlorite leak in the tissue (basically a chemical burn). The tooth got extracted 2 months later. Into 2019 I was having better days as I started to re-engage with life despite the sensations. Early 2020, I thought the nerves had healed because it felt so much better…but SI joint pain and plantar fasciitis were excruciating to the point I thought I’d end up in a wheelchair! Then, kidney stones! After kidney stone surgery in May 2020, the trigeminal neuropathy flared up like crazy and for the past 2 years, other than a few ok days/hours here and there, it’s been like it was at the start and spreading across the cheek, nose, chin started tingling last year, back of head, neck all on the “ injured” side. Naturopath thinks it’s due to trigger points and menopausal hormone fluctuations. I’ve been on high alert constantly because of pandemic, isolating, trying to stay safe plus relationship stress. Interestingly, when it gets too bad, Ativan (a benzo anti anxiety) drops the flare down enough. Basically, I’m having a very hard time getting past the fact that I did have an injury and the neurologists’ edict that nerves sometimes don’t heal correctly after an injury and will continue to misfire pain signals, or that maybe something happened during kidney stone surgery to screw things up, like intubation irritating the nerve. The cheek also gets very red and others notice some swelling when it’s really flared up. Does TMS do that?? My TMS evidence: Pain moved to different part of body for a number of weeks It came back to face after kidney stone surgery but SI joint and foot pain went away It waxes and wanes, spreading along the various branches of the trigeminal nerve Anti-anxiety med drops flares down to a more endurable level (gabapentin with cymbalta worked for a short time but had to stop due to side effects) Any words of wisdom re actual nerve injury and TMS?