Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) challenged me 16 months ago. I’m presently waiting for a head surgery (MVD) that, i hope, will permit to gain my active lifestyle back.
Before September 2015, I was enjoying up to 5-6 hours a week of training and/or family activities. One day without notice, I started experiencing trigeminal neuralgia.
During the last 16 months, I have not counted the titanic amount of time spent trying to gain access to so many different medical professionals, or to surf the net for medical knowledge. I took charge in the most dynamic way to solve my condition and get back in shape. I thank myself for being resilient and stuborn.
At first and since I was physically very active, the symptoms of crisis appeared to me immediately after a physical activity. I had already endured a herniated disc in the past and it was just as if I had one in my face! Shortly afterwards, I landed at my dentist, who referred me to an endodontic specialist. Everything was fine … I had to look elsewhere …
- Episodes of severe, shooting or jabbing pain that feet like an electric shock in the mandibular & maxillary branch of the trigeminal nerve
- Bouts of pain lasting from a few seconds to several minutes
- Constant aching, burning feeling that’s less intense than the spasm-like pain
- Pain affecting the left side of the face in areas supplied by the trigeminal nerve, including the cheek, jaw, teeth
Shortly afterwards, I landed in a neurologist’s office who prescribed me all the right drugs. At one point, I began to realize that pharmacology would never allow me to eliminate this unbearable and omnipresent pain. I was now conviced the root cause of my pain resided in a vascular element that was compressing my trigeminal nerve. Indeed, I had noticed a direct correlation between the level of my pain and physical activity on my part. Enough was enough…
A few days before christmas, I arranged to see a top neurosurgeon who proposed to operate on me. Finally ! The procedure is called a microvascular decompression (MVD). It’s apparently the procedure with the best outcome pourcentage. So there I am, inviting you to follow my trail. This rocky path has been my toughest challenge so far, but have no doubt, I will succeed …