One of you mentioned in a comment about your pain due to trigeminal neuralgia. You wrote down a link for me to read.
And that’s when the light bulb went on in my head. I went to check my medications.
I knew I’d had trigeminal neuralgia before, but I did not put together the pain I was currently feeling with the past occurrences of trigeminal neuralgia.
This pain began for me in 1998. I’ve had a number of episodes of it over the years.
When Trigeminal Neuralgia Began With Me:
In 1998 I had a complete neurological workup after the strange 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. And I was told to take it easy the rest of the day.
I Didn’t Follow Doctor’s Instructions That 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 for the deck.
Once home, we struggled to get it in the door in and take it to the back yard. While trying to get it through the door I lost my hold on it. One corner of the heavy box hit me in the side of the head.
That was when the trigeminal neuralgia episodes began.
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.”
Finally The Pain Lessened:
After I took a second pill before I went to bed last night, the facial pain began to let up a little. I knew then to keep taking it.
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?
Trigeminal Neuralgia Is A Medical Condition:
Then I read this 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 an electric shock being given to some areas of the face.
I’ve just phoned my primary care doctor and spoken with her nurse. I asked her if the doctor I saw yesterday would have seen this on my chart.
She said that my 2017 chart information did not crossover somehow when they had a complete computer changeover. So no, I suppose he did not have this info.
How To Treat This Pain:
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. As well as 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 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.