Kathleen remembers down to the minute when she began experiencing symptoms of Trigeminal Neuralgia. It was March 9, 2004, at approximately 7:05 p.m.
“Oh, no, a toothache,” I thought. I didn’t know, because I had no idea it existed, that I was experiencing the first symptoms of Trigeminal Neuralgia, the kind of agony typical of the disease, one of the most painful illnesses known to humanity.
It seemed like Trigeminal Neuralgia took everything from Erin Canter. After being diagnosed, her entire identity shifted and she lost many critical aspects of what made Canter herself: the ministry she loved, her job, an active lifestyle, and social world.
Tiffany Lynd was only 18 years old when she first experienced the pain of Trigeminal Neuralgia. Eighteen, at the precipice of the rest of her life. Eighteen, anticipating all that could be subsequent. Lynd dreamed of working in sports – never that she would begin experiencing symptoms of facial neuralgia her senior year of high
Nine years ago, I went to lunch with some colleagues at work, and when I returned to my office I had one of the worst toothaches I have ever felt. I immediately left work and went to the dentist, who after tests and x-rays, could not find anything wrong with the tooth.