Signs & Symptoms Neurology & Neurosurgery

Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia
Signs and Symptoms

People with GPN experience brief episodes of severe shock-like pain in the back of the throat, back of the tongue or deep within the ear, usually just on one side of the head. Many patients find these bouts are triggered by a specific action, such as chewing, swallowing, yawning, clearing the throat, drinking cold liquids or sneezing.

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