One of you mentioned in a comment your pain due to trigeminal neuralgia. You wrote down a link for me to read. And that’s when the light bulb went off for me. I went to check my medications.
I knew I’d had this before, but I did not put together the bone-chilling pain I was currently feeling with the past occurrences of trigeminal neuralgia, which began for me in 1998. I’ve had a number of episodes of it over the years.
In 1998 I had a complete neurological work up after the pain would not go away, and that is when it was diagnosed.
In case you’ve never heard of this, here is what I found on WebMD: Trigeminal neuralgia is an ongoing pain condition that affects certain nerves in your face. You might also hear it called “tic douloureux.”
People who have this condition say the pain might feel like an electric shock, and it can sometimes be intense.
The pain began for me just after I had a colonoscopy in the spring of 1998. I was given an anesthetic for the procedure. I was told to take it easy the rest of the day.
But I did not take their advice, unfortunately. I felt fine and so I went with my then husband to Walmart and we purchased an outdoor swing that seats two.
Once home, we struggled to get it in the door in order to put it together and then take it to the back yard. While trying to get it through the door I lost my hold on it and one corner of the heavy box hit me in the face.
That was when the beginning of the trigeminal neuralgia episodes began for me.
I had just a few medicine bottles to check in my cupboard yesterday after I read the comment.
One was a muscle relaxant from my ankle doctor from last spring when I sprained it. The other was Gabapentin. I had scrawled across the bottle: “for trigeminal neuralgia.”
After I took a second pill before I went to bed last night, the facial pain began to let up. I knew then to keep taking it.
The Gabapentin prescription was written for December 2017 by my primary care physician.
I read this online here: Many people with trigeminal neuralgia avoid the dentist, not due to anxiety about their teeth but in fear of the pain that might result. The trigeminal nerve transmits signals to the brain from inside the mouth, and a simple teeth cleaning can cause excruciating pain.
So couldn’t it be that oral surgery could cause it as well?
Then this from here online: People suffering from Trigeminal Neuralgia can be described as a medical condition of an acute and excruciating episode of pain. It is stabbing, periodic, and excruciating enough to be described as electric shock being given to some areas of face.
It usually tends to appear out of the blue and can last for some seconds or minutes. In some rare instances, pain can continue for a few hours, making the patient completely incapacitated and the individual may not be able to do any other activity until it subsides.
I just phoned my primary care doctor and spoke with her nurse. I told her about this and I asked her if that doctor yesterday could have seen this on my chart.
She said that my 2017 chart information did not crossover somehow when they had a complete computer changeover, or something to that effect. So no, I suppose he did not have this info.
At least now I know how to treat this pain.
So thank you, thank you to Trudy Mintun for your comment on my post about the gallery wall, and the link you sent me about trigeminal neuralgia. I’m sorry you suffer from this. It is horrible.
But if it had not been for your comment, I would not have put this all together and started taking the medication I had for it. I would still feel a bit small for feeling so much pain for “such a simple procedure,” as the doctor yesterday put it.
Sometimes you ladies truly save me.