Well peeps, as I recently told a friend, if I don’t get a new medical diagnosis each year then things aren’t normal.
So for this year of 2013 I would like to add: Trigeminal Neuralgia.
A few months ago I was out all morning in the cold wintry air. It was very windy and cold. No biggie. I got home and took a bath and felt possibly the worse pain I had ever felt, centered in my face. I was really glad that my husband wasn’t home because I was making all kinds of pain noises as what felt like lightning struck my face for what felt like forever.
After it passed I recalled that I had felt a similar pain once before probably within the previous month or so. It had been extremely painful but had lasted only a few seconds whereas this one was much, much longer.
I saw my neurologist about my migraines and I mentioned this pain before I left. She told me that it sounded like Trigeminal Neuralgia. They did an MRI last week because I’ve also been having numbness and twitching in my face. The MRI was stable meaning no changes from the last one ( I have one every year because of the migraines and a cyst I have on a gland in my brain). That was good but it can also be annoying to constantly have health problems that don’t show up on tests. Don’t get me wrong, I would never want a serious illness. It’s just frustrating to have symptoms that a doctor can’t label and then they say, “Well everything looks fine. Call us if you get worse. Bye!” You know?
Anywho…I have now been prescribed Neurontin and we’ll see if that helps the pain which is now a daily, all-day thing.
So, I figured I’d share because you never know who else may be having similar problems.
P.S. I will also be writing an article for The World of Mentalist, so I need to get on that. 🙂