Trigeminal neuralgia: Living With the Enemy,

SHOCKS OF EXCRUCIATING PAIN RADIATE ACROSS THE SIDE OF THE FACE LIKE A FIERCE ELECTRIC SHOCK. IT FEELS LIKE A BURNING HOT METAL ROD OR HOT COAL IS BEING PRESSED TO THE FACE WHILE THAT SAME FACE IS BEING GOUGED WITH A SPIKY OBJECT AND A RAZOR-BLADE GRAZING DOWN IT LEAVING IT AGONIZING AND BLEEDING… WHEN THE SHARP, STABBING AND SHOCK-LIKE PAIN STARTS, THERE IS NO RELIEF FOR DAYS, MONTHS OR EVEN YEARS!

That is the painful experience that people who suffer from the dreadful and paralyzing condition of trigeminal neuralgia (TN) have to endure on a constant or regular basis.

TN is a very uncommon disorder which causes facial pain that is associated with the trigeminal nerve that carries sensation from the brain to the face. When there is a blood vessel pressing on the trigeminal nerve as it exits the brainstem, it causes a compression with the potential to wear away the protective coating around the nerve. TN symptoms can also occur in people with multiple sclerosis or may be caused by damage as a result of compression from a brain tumor. In many cases, a cause cannot be identified.

The pain is one of the most excruciating agonies a person may experience.  The disorder has been described as one of the most painful conditions seen in medicine and is generally referred to as the suicide disease because the pain experienced is so spasmodic, paralyzing and intense that it has been known to have driven some people to suicide in some societies.

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