TRIGEMINAL NEURALGIA is an extremely severe facial pain that tends to come and go unpredictably in sudden shock-like attacks. The pain is normally triggered, for example by light touch, and is described as stabbing, shooting, excruciating or burning. It usually lasts for a few seconds but there can be many bursts of pain in quick succession.
WE ARE Trigeminal Neuralgia Association UK (TNA UK). We provide information, support and encouragement to those who suffer this excruciatingly painful condition. Our aim is to raise awareness of TN within the medical community and the general public at large.
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Gavin & Janet
TN is a comparatively rare affliction but both Gavin and Janet had the condition. They are now enjoying a pain free retirement after both having MDV operations.
In the first instance when the pain started, like most of us with this condition, I assumed I had a tooth problem and visited the dentist. I had three teeth pulled out before the dentist told me he thought I might have TN
I created a Pain Chart and recorded medication, frequency of attacks and pain on a daily basis using simple scales. I monitored eating, showering, teeth cleaning and random attacks. It helped me to understand the pattern of what was happening
Now, almost one year after my MVD, I am pain-free! Yes, I still have a dense numbness in my face but the gripping fear of a TN attack is gone. I have been able to return to my career - something which I thought would not be possible.
My dentist told me my symptoms were practically text-book, apart for my age. The only way I could describe the pain was that it was electrifying. I couldn't breathe and was gasping for air. Then, a moment later, it went, just as quickly as it had come.
What relief - no pain! I thought it time to write to you with a success story, in the hope that others who may be struggling with the pains associated with TN will feel there is hope around the corner.