Lisa lives with Trigeminal Neuralgia

Lisa first thought she had tooth ache when she experienced burning down the side of her face and electric shocks when I ate or talked. But she was diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN)straight away and put on medication. However, her TN got progressively worse and her drugs combined with the pain meant that she actually couldn’t function properly; unable to work and to deal with looking after her children.

After research about options she saw a consultant who changed her treatment and she became much better, but still experienced breakthrough pain. In 2009 she decided to have an MVD (Microvascular Depcompression) which gave her me 10 months without drugs or pain. Sadly this didn’t last and she is now back on her medication with just as much pain. “This highlights that there is no cure and that is what we desperately need!”

For more information on Trigeminal Neuralgia visit the Trigeminal Neuralgia Association UK.

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