Posts Tagged ‘trigeminal neuralgia’

  • A Pained Life: The Parable of the Elephant

    A king has the blind men of his village brought to the palace. He asks them to describe an elephant after allowing each one to touch a part of the animal. The king then asks them, “What sort of thing…

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  • A Pained Life: Tell Me All the Risks

    I realized the other day I have been miscounting how many surgeries and procedures I have had to try to stop my facial pain. I have been using a count of 12, and I’m currently struggling with the decision of…

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  • A Pained Life: Don’t Box Us In

    Many years ago a neurosurgeon told me he was going to do a surgery similar to another one I already had, only in a different area of the brain. When I arrived at the hospital I found out he had…

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  • Promising Results for New Trigeminal Neuralgia Drug

    A British pharmaceutical company is reporting positive results from a Phase II study of a new drug in patients with trigeminal neuralgia (TGN), a rare and severe form of facial pain. Convergence Pharmaceuticals said the drug – a sodium channel…

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  • A Pained Life: Why Doesn’t My Doctor Hear Me?

    I am going to make an embarrassing admission. I had breast reduction surgery about 15 years ago. For years, I had been having pain and discomfort in my neck, back and shoulders. Each time I saw my neurosurgeon, I mentioned…

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  • A Pained Life: I Know You Can Read

    My trigeminal neuralgia is now mainly eye usage and eye movement pain. It is what keeps me disabled. Any consistent eye usage, such as reading for more then 10 – 20 minutes causes horrendous pain. It can take hours to…

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  • A Pained Life: What’s Good for the Goose…

    In one of my online support groups, a member who is a physician started a discussion about how doctors need to be alert for fake patients; those that are faking pain or illness to scam a doctor into giving them…

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  • A Pained Life: The Good Fight

    I wobbled a little in the street this week. A kind passerby stopped and asked if I was okay. Embarrassed, I replied, “Oh yes. I have a little balance problem, just once in a while, but you know, I am…

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