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Trigeminal Neuralgia

I felt that if the pain didn’t stop I was going to take a knife and cut the nerve out of my cheek!

This is a long post, sorry.  1,576 more words

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6 months and 12 days

It has been six months and twelve days since my microvascular decompression. That’s 193 days.

193 days since the last time I had to take 300 mg. 354 more words

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The First Stick

I like chewing gum. My husband does not, which is awesome, because it means I do not have to share my gum with him.

I could not chew gum when I had trigeminal neuralgia (“TN”) or when I was recovering from brain surgery. 330 more words

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In Sickness and In Health

My husband and I met in fall 2008, during my first year of law school. At that time, we both had full intention to date other people and most definitely  479 more words

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The First Shocks

It all started with an innocuous visit to my sister-in-law and her family over the 4th of July weekend last year (2014).

There I was, on Saturday, July 5th, sitting poolside with about half of my in-laws and my husband. 472 more words

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Giving the Finger

In the decade I spent in the waiting area before surgery (thank goodness for Xanax. Seriously.), a P.A. shaved two spots on my head: the area directly behind my right ear and a 1″x 1″ spot on top of my head. 100 more words

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Comparing treatment options for trigeminal neuralgia

First line of treatment for patients with trigeminal neuralgia TGN should always be medical, usually the anticonvulsant carbamazepine (Tegretol®), which provides at least partial pain relief for 80% to 90% of patients.  238 more words