Apex Clinic cleared my teeth and face pain which has given me my life back

61-year-old Patricia Gallagher from Newry was suffering from severe pain in her teeth which spread to her face and jaw. Patricia had attended various dental consultants and had tried different medications with no relief and she thought that this was something she was going to have to live with. She then heard about Apex Clinic, Belfast. With nothing to lose she decided to give it a go. Here, she shares how the clinic’s unique regime of specialist manual physiotherapy treatment, called The Nelson Face Pain Approach™, cleared her teeth, face and jaw pain, meaning that she could finally get her life back on track. 

Patricia, when did the pain in your teeth & face begin?

Approximately 3 years ago I suddenly developed severe pain in my teeth which spread to my face and jaw. I went to see my dentist at first, he sent me to see several dental consultants who gave me medication for suspected allergies but unfortunately they didn’t help at all. I then went for a brain scan but the scans all came back clear. I even thought that I would have to lose all my top front teeth, but the x-rays showed that my teeth were all healthy. No one could find an explanation for my pain.

How did the pain affect your life?

It affected my life terribly. I often couldn’t eat because the pain was so bad. I couldn’t go out to eat at a restaurant or cafe as the pain would just hit me when I was eating, and I didn’t want this to happen in front of people because it was agonising.

What led you to Apex Clinic?

I was recommended to Apex Clinic by a colleague of my husband, who attends for treatment there. I had tried everything else and he thought that Apex Clinic might be able to help me with my pain. I got the phone number and made an appointment for an initial assessment. At the initial assessment my specialist physiotherapist, Rebecca Nelson asked me questions about the history of my condition, and she established that when I hit the top of my head in a car accident a few months before the pain started that I had jarred some joints in my neck and that this was the cause of my tooth and face pain. I was sceptical at first as I had no actual neck pain. I then started a course of specialist manual physiotherapy treatment which mainly focused on my neck to treat my pain.

How has your life changed since having treatment?

My life has changed considerably. I can now go out for something to eat without worrying. 90% of the time I am now pain free and any pain that I experience clears quickly with paracetamol whereas before this wouldn’t have helped. I now attend Apex Clinic once a month for maintenance treatment and I am thrilled with my improvement.

What advice would you offer someone suffering from teeth & face pain?

I would recommend that you should go to Apex Clinic because the ease I have got from my pain is unbelievable. It has given me my life back!

To book an appointment at Apex Clinic, call 028 9048 4153. No GP referral is necessary.